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This week brought new charges for Marcus Hutchins, a novel way to sneak malware into archives, and shady hotspots for World Cup fans. There was also plenty of other security bits that didn't quite make the headlines. Here are some of the best. Apple wants to be cert-ain on certs Apple is going to make it harder for sites to …

  1. WolfFan
    Coat

    hmmm

    First, that pic is of a New York City cop, not an Atlanta plod.

    Second, the alleged breach allegedly resulted in some alleged cop cam footage going bye-bye, eh? If you actually believe that, I have a bridge for sale. In New York. What I think is that there might have been some embarrassing footage which is now no longer available, that's what I think. Cynical, and not trusting cops further than I can throw HMS Cruise Missile Target? You betcha.

    Mine's the one with the working, turned on, camera attached to the lapel, thanks.

    1. TheVogon

      Re: hmmm

      "Because unbeknownst to the users, their webcams were turned on and recording them. "

      That's why all webcams should have a led lit when active. State actors could no doubt hack the firmware or drivers to bypass that but its a good start for basic protection.

      1. ThatOne Silver badge
        Big Brother

        Re: hmmm

        > all webcams should have a led lit when active

        All webcams should have a manual lid. I wouldn't trust a LED, there is certainly some way to remotely deactivate it. A layer of opaque plastic in front of the lens is the best and only 100% reliable protection.

        1. Stork Silver badge

          Re: hmmm

          I use a bit of orange Post-It (other makes available). Had the advantage of being at hand :-)

          1. jelabarre59

            Re: hmmm

            I use a bit of orange Post-It (other makes available). Had the advantage of being at hand :-)

            Green painters tape here.

        2. Paul Crawford Silver badge

          Re: hmmm

          I wouldn't trust a LED, there is certainly some way to remotely deactivate it.

          If the LED is simply a software status indicator then it is worth SFA. But correctly engineered the LED would be fed direct from the switched power to the webcam/microphone so it is an unambiguous indicator of the device being usable.

          Sadly that is not how most things are done these days :(

        3. Waseem Alkurdi

          Re: hmmm

          That's why all webcams should have a led lit when active.

          And the microphone?

          I'd suggest a hacky 1 cent/penny switch to the power cable of the webcam+mic assembly (but I wouldn't dare to do it to my laptop of course :-P )

      2. Richard 22

        Re: hmmm

        I've just tested on my laptop, and there is an LED which is lit when the webcam is on. Unfortunately it is only barely daytime visible, even when I'm looking for it, so not much use. An LED (appropriately connected to the hardware, not software controllable) is a minimum, but a manual cover is a better option.

    2. TheVogon

      Re: hmmm

      "I have a bridge for sale."

      Did you buy it from Michael Corrigan?

  2. ds6

    Given El Reg's ads are usually relevant and unobtrusive, and I want to give them free money, I leave my blocker off. So what a surprise that, immediately after the break in its relevant story, I got an ad for Supermicro.

    How quaint.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Given El Reg's ads are usually relevant and unobtrusive

      What ads?

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    There’s got to be the corroborating testimony of the officer

    Hmm, like the "corroborating testimony" that was given by THESE officers over the years?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-sh/when_cops_become_robbers

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    no other personally identifiable information was accessed

    Does anyone really believe there is such a thing as "non-personal" identifiable information anymore?

    Especially in the AI/DeepMind era?

    1. Waseem Alkurdi

      Re: no other personally identifiable information was accessed

      Hell, even Paul Revere can be found using just metadata (ignoring DeepMind and AI for the moment!)

      https://kieranhealy.org/blog/archives/2013/06/09/using-metadata-to-find-paul-revere/

  5. Rustbucket

    police credability

    "Police Chief Erika Shields told the Atlanta Journal Constitution that the city will hopefully still be able to proceed with the cases.

    "But the dashcam doesn’t make the cases for us. There’s got to be the corroborating testimony of the officer," Shields was quoted as saying."

    These days many juries (and hopefully judges) won't take the word of the cops without electronic evidence to back them up.

  6. Pascal Monett Silver badge
    Flame

    "It’s not something that makes or breaks cases for us"

    So let me get this straight : losing video footage of actual criminal activity is not a make-or-break situation, but not being able to decrypt phones that might have incriminating data is ?

    Hypocrites.

  7. GnuTzu

    Tape!!!

    If you're reading these comments and don't know what I mean by "tape", welcome--there is much here for you to learn.

  8. jelabarre59

    Why? Because unbeknownst to the users, their webcams were turned on and recording them. The video clips were captured by the scammers and used to compile 'testimonial' videos that would make their dodgy support operations seem more legit.

    So record it with your Darth Vader voice changer while mooning the webcam.

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