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An alleged pervert has been arrested in Germany over allegations that he used malware to hack into webcams and spy on schoolgirls. The unnamed hacker from the Aachen region allegedly invaded the privacy of 150 youngsters, German news service DPA reports. The scheme was uncovered by Thomas Floß, from the association of data …

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Project your kids - Use Linux

Although it doesn't say what OS was being used by these victims we all already know...

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No Shi* Sherlock

Many teenagers use the world's most popular operating system shock. More at 11.

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Joke

Remember kids!

Remember kids! Always say no to penguins!

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@whoever voted me down

a) I'm only joking and b) I always take the piss out of apple and MS, just redressing the balance - I love open source and wired looking penguins!

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Re: Project your kids

Umbongo now comes with a free trebuchet design in every copy? Or is that something you need to compile yourself?

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@LinkOfHyrule

Pay no attention to downvotes around here. Many folkd downvote simply because you disagree with them. Sad, really.

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Joke

I like to play a game though...

I like to play a game whereby I win if the number of up-votes is higher than down-votes. I then get to go round all day saying to myself "I win at forums, I win at forums!"

Sad to really!

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Unix?

Well if you use unix your web cam probably wont work at all, in stant security eh?

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Re: Re: Project your kids

One downvote, no upvotes. What is it, did I not put the joke icon in to make it ruinously clear? Does someone really take offense to the idea of flinging 10 year olds at the castle walls?

Or did I not say "oh by the way I use Ubuntu I think it's teh best thing evar" loudly enough?

Christ.. (Aww shit, now some fundamentalist is going to downvote me)

Beer it is, then.

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Re: Unix?

Linux, compatible with every class-compliant webcam, which is almost every webcam made in the last few years. No driver needed. Insert webcam. Open app. Use webcam.

If you're going to quip, at least be right.

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Unix?

Linux is not unix, remember?

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Girls who noticed their machines were behaving erratically

How many young girls actually

a) detected "their computer behaving erratically"

and then subsequently

b) thought "I'd better contact Thomas Floß, the data protection advisor"?

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Jim to the rescue!

Obviously, they used the Facebook CEOP button, and CEOP passed it on to Herr Floß.

Wot no superhero icon?

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Unhappy

Spying on youngsters?

What are they doing while using their laptops that makes them worth spying on?

Actually, I'm not sure I really want to know.

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Mmm, yeess...

...what are those kids doing?

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Let me see...

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detected "their computer behaving erratically"

Must be using Windows Vista (or any version of Windows for that matter).

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And Pennsylvania, among other places

Maybe he was working from home as IT admin for a school?

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case have been found in the following countries

And don't forget school districts in the US where they thought it was OK to watch kids in their bedrooms.

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WTF?

Whut?

Is that true???

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Big Brother

here's a Register article...

...that references the incident I think he's referring to:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/19/school_laptop_spy_row/

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Just voicing what you're thinking

Pics or it didn't happen

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@Whut?

Yep, the school's software even went as far as disabling the camera-active warning LED.

But of course the machine was the school's property, somebody clicked OK on the license to agree to this in the small print and, well, children aren't really people are they? So no problem.

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/02/19/school_laptop_spy_row/

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Re: , well, children aren't really people are they

They also can not legally enter into contracts so they can click what they like and it means even less didly squat than when the rest of it do.

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re: just voicing...

On the off chance you weren't joking ... dude, you need professional help asap. Seriously.

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re: noticing computer behaving erratically

I'd hazard a guess that the data protection guy was involved by the police after tech savvy relatives reported the spyware...

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