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Spying Hacker Controlled Victims' Webcams from Mom's Living Room

Spying Hacker Controlled Victims' Webcams from Mom's Living Room - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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A Scottish hacker accessed highly personal data and controlled victims’ webcams as part of an email scam conducted from his mother’s living room, according to Scottish news outlet STV.

Matthew Anderson, aka aobuluz and warpigs, was a member of an international hacker group m00p, abusing his skills as a computer security expert to target businesses and individuals with spam containing hidden viruses, STV reported. He was able to control victims’ webcams remotely to see inside their homes, as well as download images, resumes, wills and medical documents, prosecutors said.

Anderson also targeted major national and international organizations in what prosecutor Hugh Davies called a “fundamental breach of security,” according to STV. Because Anderson lives in a remote area of Scotland, he used a computer at his mother’s nearby home to create and distribute millions of spam messages. Part of the scam also entailed sending spam to create business leads for a colleague, for which he was paid approximately $20,200.

Anderson pleaded guilty last month to one count of causing unauthorized modification to the content of computers, and will be sentenced next week.

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