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October 3rd, 2010
08:55 PM ET

Rutgers Freshman's Suicide Shows Risks of Webcams

With more than $500 million in reported cases last year, cybercrime continues to rise.  Internet scams make up much of it, but there's also the lesser known violation of webcam hacking.  A skilled hacker can invade and control your web camera for days even months without you knowing it.  And the nation has come to learn how damaging secret recordings can be.  Rutgers student Tyler Clementi killed himself after his roommate allegedly remotely controlled his web camera and recorded a sexual encounter between Tyler and another man, posting the video online.  Cyber security expert Gregory D. Evans talked to CNN's Brooke Baldwin about how webcam hacking is done and how to protect yourself. 

CNN Intern Matthew Asher contributed to this entry.

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  1. Charles Darby

    Thank you Mr. Evans for that most informative information. I did not know that hackers could do such things and get away with it. You are doing a great thing by offering us a way to catch these criminals. That young man did not have to kill himself. More power to your Hacker for Hire. I am getting it soon!

    October 4, 2010 at 7:05 am |
  2. Michelle Brown

    Informative Segment. Would like to hear more of what Mr. Evans has to say.

    Hopefully, CNN will have him on again.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:54 pm |