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    This topic contains 10 replies, has 5 voices, and was last updated by  Fred 4 weeks, 1 day ago.

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    • #2004156 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      iOS Facebook app ‘secretly using camera’ while scrolling feed; likely a bug

      Web designer Joshua Maddux has found the iOS Facebook app activating the iPhone camera while scrolling his feed. He found the same issue on five separate devices, with others able to replicate. The same issue does not appear to be present in the Android app.

      Maddux posted a video (below) showing the behavior…

      He tweeted that the issue came to light due to an apparent bug in the app which allowed him to see the camera view to the left of the feed within the app.

      Found a @facebook #security & #privacy issue. When the app is open it actively uses the camera. I found a bug in the app that lets you see the camera open behind your feed. Note that I had the camera pointed at the carpet…..

      iOS Facebook app ‘secretly using camera’ while scrolling feed; likely a bug

      Nothing with Google and Facebook is a ‘bug’. All is intentional and turns into a ‘bug’ when caught.

    • #2004257 Reply

      Kirsty
      Da Boss

      Twitter thread between @zachwhittaker, who wrote this TechCrunch article on the issue, and @campuscodi:

      One workaround is to simply revoke camera and microphone access to the Facebook app in their iOS settings.

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        Kirsty
        Da Boss

    • #2005197 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP
    • #2005227 Reply

      OscarCP
      AskWoody Plus

      oOn a related and potentially scary issue: over a year ago I found repeatedly on the Web warnings that there is malware that could turn on the camera and the microphone of a PC (Windows, Mac…) and transmit the images and sound so picked up to some snooping individual that could use them for some unpleasant purposes. Perhaps this could also be the case with cell phones, why not?

      I wonder if there is any truth in this. Just in case, after I saw this and mulled it for a short while, I decided to play it safe and not only disabled the camera and microphones of the Mac and Windows 7 PC, but, for good measure, covered the little peephole of the camera lens with a bit of duct tape. There is nothing else I can do about the microphones, but I console myself thinking that, if having them filched, images can be more trouble than sound. I rarely need to use the camera and mics, only for teleconferences, when I would undo those precautions and put them back after I am done.

      So, am I being too cautious, not cautious enough, of just right?

      Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W + Mac&Lx

    • #2005256 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      There is nothing else I can do about the microphones, but I console myself thinking that

      Actually there is…..  🙂  and on topic, …. who knows…..
      Actualy here is untraceable malware …. (after entering China and N-Korea things changed for some, so they ditched the hardware),
      and for the unremoveable part: xHelper is one of the new “services” recently discoverd…. to be seen in the running services of the phone, though not (yet) to be removed, also not by a factory-reset….  There is spoken of installing a new ROM on the phone might help. Buying a new one does, I recon.
      There are people who disconnect/dissolder fysically the microphone and camera on their dayly to use laptops.
      With an on-topic Good morning . . . .

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
      • #2005272 Reply

        OscarCP
        AskWoody Plus

        I am not going to go as far as disconnecting physically the microphones. I need to use them from time to time and don’t fancy opening up the laptops and using a soldering iron on their motherboards even once, let alone repeatedly.

        But I still am wondering if there is any credible evidence that such attacks do occur. And also if they are likely to be made against private individuals that are not spooks in possession of state secrets, nor work on industrial research likely to be a target of industrial espionage, nor are involved in some security, military or police operation.

        As to “…who knows…”: So far, we are still here. Later, we’ll see… Or not. No guarantees.

        Windows 7 Professional, SP1, x64 Group B & macOS + Linux (Mint) => Win7 Group W + Mac&Lx

    • #2005307 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      credible evidence

      ?
      Who is to believe all those fake stories created by the common newsmedia?, We are all at the mercy of the mores of twitter , facebook , new politics and the correctors of any sort.

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
      • This reply was modified 1 month ago by  Fred.
    • #2005560 Reply

      Nathan Parker
      AskWoody_MVP

      I can’t physically disable my on-board microphone either since I frequently use it for online classes.

      If a hacker ever wants to hack my microphone or webcam, I have a surprise for them that might have them thinking twice before hacking me again.

      Disclaimer: The above video ad is being shared from a third party video service. The advertiser in the video is not an AskWoody sponsor.

      Nathan Parker

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    • #2005641 Reply

      Alex5723
      AskWoody Plus

      Facebook has fixed the ‘bug’ with new update.

      1 user thanked author for this post.
    • #2005685 Reply

      Fred
      AskWoody Plus

      Facebook has fixed the ‘bug’ with new update.

      Thanks, this week FB lost in court and they cannot let others use peoppls credentials to make adverts for bitcoins or so. The use of private images and bugshots is not to be used by Zuckerberg c.s.  Curious if this stoppes (in Europe and further)

      After all.. Just because we're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't out to get us.
      1 user thanked author for this post.

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