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Photo: Proxima Studio (Shutterstock) Are hackers really spying on people through their phone cameras and webcams? The short answer: Yes . Webcams and phone cameras can be hacked, giving bad actors complete control over how they function. As a result, hackers can use a device’s camera to both spy on individuals and search for personal information. Luckily, there are steps you can take to prevent or identify this type of activity on your phone and computer. What can a hacker do with your device’s camera? If a hacker gains access to your device, they may be able to turn your camera on and off, look directly through it, take photos with it, or even listen in on you using your device’s microphone. The good news (if you can call it that) is that modern devices use an indicator light or icon whenever the camera is active. If you see this light appear at random, when you know none of your trusted apps are using the camera, you might have a problem. If a hacker breaks into your device, they’re probably looking for specific information, rather than to simply spy on you in general. In most cases, though, hackers aren’t targeting individuals. Instead, they go after security camera data held by big businesses—in one instance, giving them access to hundreds of hours of records from 150,000 security cameras in hospitals, warehouses and, jails. Still, individuals are targeted by hackers, as well. Malware and other malicious files can give hackers access […]