FBI director urges public to cover webcam laptops with tape to avoid spying by hackers

  • FBI Director James Comey is urging the public to cover their webcam laptops
  • Simply putting a tape over webcams and microphones can be a precautionary move against spying by hackers
  • Earlier, a photo of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s webcam and mic all covered up went viral

The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in the United States has confirmed the possibility of being spied upon by hackers; urging users to cover their laptop webcam with tape as a precautionary method against spying.

FBI Director  James Comey revealed that he himself covers his personal laptop with a piece of tape. Other high profile individuals like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has also taken the same precautionary measure.

A photo of Zuckerberg showing his computer’s webcam and microphone covered up had previously gone viral.

“There’s some sensible things you should be doing, and that’s one of them. You go into any government office and we all have the little camera things that sit on top of the screen. They all have a little lid that closes down on them. You do that so that people who don’t have authority don’t look at you. I think that’s a good thing,” Comey told the Independent.

Comey had warned that it has been increasingly easier for hackers to spy on individuals by infiltrating their webcams to watch and record things that go on around them, and eventually using the information gathered to be used later for blackmail, stealing personal data, breaking into security system, among others.

The FBI Director advised that individuals should take responsibility for their own personal online safety; comparing the act of covering up webcams as something similar to locking car doors.