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'Creepy' Search Engine Taps Into Private Webcams

How to secure the Internet of Things?

(Newser) - Ever wonder how hackable your private webcams are? Not only are they hackable, a search engine exists that has a section devoted to unsecured webcam images, showing everything from cribs to kitchens to private laboratories, Ars Technica reports. Called "creepy" by Quartz , the Shodan search engine can access webcams... More »

Nest Webcam Viewers Mad After Watching Eaglet Die

Wildlife expert says that's nature, and webcam isn't a 'baby monitor'

(Newser) - People keeping an eye on two baby eagles via a nest webcam in Maine got a lesson last weekend in just how brutal nature can be: One of the eaglets attacked its sibling for all the world to see, reports the Bangor Daily News . That prompted pleas from all over... More »

FBI Can Use Suspects' Laptop Cameras— With the Light Off

Bureau develops malware for targets' computers

(Newser) - If the FBI wants dirt on a suspect, agents are capable of turning on his laptop's webcam—without him knowing. The light won't go on, Gizmodo reports, based on a Washington Post piece. The technique, available to the bureau for years, is mostly used to fight terror or... More »

Computer-Generated Child Nabs 1K Predators

Organization warns that 'webcam child sex tourism' is on the rise

(Newser) - Dutch children's rights activists have come up with a novel way to catch online predators: They created a very realistic computer-generated 10-year-old girl. Researchers from the organization, Terre des Hommes, then posed as "Sweetie," who was supposedly from the Philippines, and logged onto Internet chat rooms. During... More »

Clementi Trial Witness: What Roomie Texted After Suicide

Dharun Ravi's old classmate: He texted 'I guess it makes sense'

(Newser) - After Tyler Clementi killed himself, his roommate apparently sent a text saying that "he was quiet all the time and had no friends, so I guess it makes sense." A former classmate of roommate Dharun Ravi testified about the text in the Clementi trial today, and added that... More »

Webcams Show Polar Bear Migration

Cameras capture bears as they trek through Manitoba

(Newser) - Every year, hundreds of Canadian polar bears journey to the Hudson Bay to hunt seals—and this year, you can watch it happen. The bears travel through the small Manitoba town of Churchill, where cameras have been set up to allow people all over the world to view the trek,... More »

Intruder Busted in Webcam Murder

Toronto attack witnessed by boyfriend in Beijing

(Newser) - A Toronto man has been arrested for the murder of a student who was attacked as her boyfriend in Beijing watched helplessly via webcam. Qian Liu, 23, was found dead in her apartment after the boyfriend alerted her friends. Detectives are still seeking a missing webcam, laptop, and computer, the... More »

Pal Witnesses Friend's Attack as They Chat Via Webcam

Beijing exchange student found dead in Toronto apartment

(Newser) - A frantic pal watched helplessly as his friend was attacked by a man as the two chums spoke in different countries 11,000 miles apart via webcam. Qian Liu, 23, was found dead in her Toronto apartment by an acquaintance alerted by the friend . He was speaking with the Beijing... More »

Spying School District Has Thousands of Secret Pix of Kids: Lawsuit

Official who saw photos called them a school 'soap opera'

(Newser) - The suburban Philly school district that spied on its students by giving them laptops with webcams to take home is getting sorrier and sorrier. A lawsuit by one of the students claims the district snapped thousands of images of kids, including pictures of them sleeping and in various states of... More »

How to Rid Chatroulette of Penises

Entries pouring in from contestants

(Newser) - The Business Insider recently launched its "Solve Chatroulette's Penis Problem" contest with a deadline of Monday. Their favorite entries (submitted via Power Point presentation!) so far:
  • Facial recognition: No face? No connection, because he's probably showing penis.
  • Rogues Gallery: Take photos of offenders' faces and post them, with
... More »

Woman's Goal: To Be World's Fattest

New Jersey mom runs pay site where men watch her eat

(Newser) - Guinness already recognizes Donna Simpson as the fattest mother, but she's shooting even higher: The New Jersey mom is looking to become the world's fattest woman. Though she's already 600 pounds and needs a mobility scooter to get around, the 42-year-old's target weight is 1,000 pounds. Simpson says she... More »

Weird Crap You Can Watch on Webcams

From watching grass grow to watching snowmen melt

(Newser) - Ever wanted to experience the thrill of watching paint peel live? Well you can, on the Peeling Paint Webcam . Check out the gallery for an image captured from it, along with shots from other offbeat webcams trained on various forms of weird minutiae. More »

School Gives Kids Laptops, Spies on Them Via Webcam

Lawsuit slams HS for watching kids at home

(Newser) - A well-heeled Philadelphia school district gave out laptops to students—then used the webcams attached to covertly spy on them, both at school and at home, according to a class-action lawsuit. The case, Blake J. Robbins v. Lower Merion School District, was filed after one of the school’s vice... More »

Webcam Watcher Saves German Stranded on Ice

Floundering tourist was lost on frozen coast, but not to camera

(Newser) - A vigilant Webcam watcher came to the rescue of a feckless German tourist who wandered too far out on the frozen ocean of the country’s northern coast and became disoriented. “He didn't know where to go,” police tell Der Spiegel . “With the unbroken snow and ice,... More »

HP: Our Computers Aren't Racist

Face-tracking software has a definite bias

(Newser) - Hewlett-Packard apparently needs a more diverse approach to product-testing: a viral video shows that the company's latest webcam face-tracking software doesn't work so well on black faces. HP has responded that the software measures the "intensity of contrast between the eyes and the upper cheek and nose," and... More »

Video Prison Visits Bring Inmates Home

Pioneering program lets loved ones visit jail without leaving home

(Newser) - Families can visit incarcerated relatives from the comfort of their living rooms through a first-of-its-kind program in Indiana, the AP reports. Visitors on the approved list are allowed to schedule video conferences with inmates from anywhere they choose. Prisoners use ATM-like machines set up and paid for by a private... More »

Florida Teen Kills Himself on Web TV as Viewers LOL

Users egged on bodybuilder as he swallowed pills

(Newser) - A Florida teenager broadcast his hours-long suicide on an internet video-streaming channel as viewers watched, reports Newteevee. After threatening to kill himself on, the teen was egged on by viewers as well as posters on a chat room he used. The young bodybuilder, 19, took a fatal overdose... More »

Webcam on Board, Teen Drivers on Alert

Mom and Dad monitor kids' driving, hoping for more road safety

(Newser) - If a pilot program sees good results, teen drivers may soon find themselves under surveillance, reports the Washington Post. Parents in southern Maryland find the new webcam system, which records possible unsafe driving practices, a useful tool. Their offspring, however, aren't thrilled at the prospect of losing one of their... More »

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