Woman in Taiwan complains webcam hacked, privacy violated

Woman in Taiwan complains webcam hacked, privacy violated
PHOTO: The New Paper

TAIPEI - A woman who works as a corporate legal adviser recently complained to a local newspaper that she and her friends bought the"angel eyes HD webcam"through the Internet to monitor her cat at home yet found her webcam was hacked.

Wu Fang-fang said she bought the webcam this March for NT$1,830 (S$80). She set up the machine on a small refrigerator in early April so that she can use her cellphone to monitor the situation in her bedroom, checking out her cat from time to time.

Wu found her webcame made unusual noises at 11 p.m. on June 30 just as she was preparing to take a bath. She said that at the time she was only wearing undergarments. She used her cellphone to log in to her webcam account once she entered the bathroom.

She then found that someone else was accessing the webcam at the same time and that a screenshot had been taken without her knowledge. Wu said she wanted to dodge the eye of the camera, but it turned as she moved around the room. She had to cover the webcam with her hand and then pull the plug.

Wu said she returned the webcam to its seller and called the police. She also contacted her friends who have also bought the webcam. Three of them also have reported the same situation, and one of her friends even heard webcam said hello, she said.

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