Webcams are hard to escape thanks to smartphones, computers, and now gaming consoles. With more connectivity, however, comes increased privacy concerns.

The cost of hacking a webcam is an affordable $40, according to Politiker NJ. Remote access Trojans, or RATs, are being used to secretly target cameras and gather images, video and sound that could be embarrassing or compromising to the camera's owner.

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Technology advances faster than legislation, making it difficult to provide legal protection for victims of privacy intrusions and penalties for violators. For example, the federal Computer Fraud and Abuse Act requires victims of webcam privacy breaches to have at least $5,000 in damages in order to file suit- something that can be hard to prove for the average person.

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