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Beauty Queen says she was hacked, warns others about webcam risks

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 01:22

Feb. 27 - A California beauty queen warns others about the privacy risks associated with web cameras at the largest computer security conference in the world. Deborah Gembara reports.

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Cassidy Wolf, the 2013 Miss Teen USA says she learned about cyber security the hard way after a classmate took control of her web camera. TEASER SOUNDBITE: CASSIDY WOLF SAYING: "There were photos of me changing, out of the shower, things that you do in your bedroom…" They did it remotely --- snapped pictures of her and then emailed them to her demanding money. TEASER SOUNDBITE: CASSIDY WOLF SAYING: "It took me a second to realize that those photos of my bedroom … oh, that's the color of my bedroom … wait, that's my tv. wait, that's me." Now Cassidy is at the world's largest computer security conference in California to share her story and warn others. She's also promoting software that can turn off your webcam if it is remotely accessed. It's called SnoopWall. SOUNDBITE: GARY MILIEFSKY OF SNOOPWALL SAYING: "When you get an alert, you know some application or some person is trying to break into your device and spy on you - and take information that they shouldn't." How vulnerable is the average person to being spied on. Security experts say simply clicking on a link containing malware like Wolfe did, and you're exposed. For those who aren't inclined to try software like snoop -- experts suggest a lower tech solution --- simply placing a sticker or a card in front of your web camera.

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Beauty Queen says she was hacked, warns others about webcam risks

Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 01:22