Update: Students Knew "MacBook Cameras Turned On Randomly"

One of the students involved in the class-action lawsuit against the administrators who used school-provided laptops to spy on them, contacted Gizmodo with details about what was happening.

Frequently, the green lights next to our [Early 2008 MacBook]iSight webcams will turn on. The school district claims that this is just a glitch. We are all doubting this now.

Another student has confirmed this:

I questioned the IT guy about why it was happening he said that it was because people logged out when an application using the camera was on, he also stated that they could in fact go and look through your webcam it would just violate the fifth ammendment and that's why they didn't.

Today, their principal went on loudspeaker and said that all this was "not true."

Remember kids, if the green light goes on in your laptop, someone is watching you somewhere. [Gizmodo]



    I wish I had school-provided laptops that could spy on me when I was in high school.

    Oh ferchrissake, put a piece of opaque tape over the lens.

    There are also hacks where a webcam can be activated without the light going on. In fact, reps from major corporations have bragged that they have the ability to look/listen to remote webcams at will. I wish I could pull up chapter and verse on this, but of course mention of it has been buried or scoured from the nets.

    Maintain your privacy. If you are not using your webcam, put a piece of electrical tape over the lens. Same with the microphone hole. The mic will still be able to hear you, but not from the same distance and not clearly.

    Oh and that camera and mic on your cell phone? Same thing, but at least it is only (mostly) big brother looking and listening, and not some low level, low forehead, school/city official.

    Before they disable it, someone should get Little Snitch (http://www.obdev.at/products/littlesnitch/index.html) on his/her laptop and see what is phoning home and to where.

    So what happens when they inevitably find out that the principal is lying?

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