The latest story from the Edward Snowden leaks yesterday drives home
that the NSA and its spy partners possess specialized tools for doing
exactly that. According to The Intercept, the NSA uses a plug-in called GUMFISH to take over cameras on infected machines and snap photos.
Another NSA plug-in called CAPTIVATEDAUDIENCE hijacks the microphone on targeted computers to record conversations.
Intelligence agencies have been turning computers into listening devices for at least a decade, as evidenced by the Flame spy tool uncovered by Kaspersky Lab in 2012, which had the ability to
surreptitiously turn on webcams and microphones and perform a host of
other espionage operations. Researchers believe Flame has been around
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