They will be horrified to learn that footage they assumed could be accessed by them alone has, in some cases, been made available by hackers for the world to see.
Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security.
This sort of special intelligence cooperation is a regular occurrence under the "Five Eyes" program. Obviously, when used correctly and legally, this is an important counter-terrorism tool. government still has, new legislation notwithstanding, is how to assure the proper handling of extremely personal information that is completely unrelated to any counter terrorism or criminal activity.
But when it is used as a political tool to harass or blackmail people, the consequences are different and corrosive. But the NSA and GCHQ aren't the only entities spying on webcams.
It said these attacks resulted in millions of dollars of ransom payments.
The statistics from Australia's very own government cybercrime initiative are a lot lower.
He said: ‘There was one camera in an office and I could actually read the screen of the computer where they could be entering private information such as passwords, but it’s fully displayed to the world.‘It’s not just the creepy feeling that you are being seen, which is the main concern, it’s also the content of what is being seen.
Unlike an IP camera (which connects using Ethernet or Wi-Fi), a webcam is generally connected by a USB cable, or similar cable, or built into computer hardware, such as laptops.They have also become a source of security and privacy issues, as some built-in webcams can be remotely activated by spyware.The most popular use of webcams is the establishment of video links, permitting computers to act as videophones or videoconference stations.It recorded about 4,000 reports of 'scams or fraud' cybercrime in a three-month period at the end of last year.Basically 'cybercrime' is hard to quantify and we don't have a clear picture.