Hacking Webcam with just one link – Saycheese

Written by Darshit Varotaria

I'm a Web Application Pentester, Security Researcher and Bug Hunter.

May 8, 2020

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In this blog we’ll see that how easily hacker can compromise your privacy by hacking webcam. By term “Hacking Webcam”, I don’t mean only computer webcams, it can be your phone’s front camera or laptop cam.

You must have seen the picture of Mark Zuckerberg, Covering his laptop camera and microphone with a piece of sticker. Can you understand the severity of the matter? A guy who is the founder of world’s popular social media platform and still securing it.

Photo Source: Hackread

Yup, it’s clear that hackers can easily get you in a trap and can your webcam. Just one click and your privacy are at risk.

Hacking Webcam – Just one link:

To demonstrate the scenario, I have used a tool called “SayCheese” developed by thelinuxchoice and it is available on Github. To install the tool, follow the simple steps given below.

1. Download/Clone Saycheese file from github

$ git clone https://github.com/thelinuxchoice/saycheese.git

Hacking Webcam Saycheese

2. After cloning completes, go to the folder “saycheese”

$ cd saycheese

Hacking Webcam Saycheese

3. Give executive permission to file “saycheese.sh”

$ chmod +x saycheese.sh

Hacking Webcam Saycheese Permission

4. Thats it, lets start the tool

$ ./saycheese.sh

Hacking Webcam Saycheese Options

5. Select option 1 or 2 to get the link, I’ve chosen for Ngrok. For the first time, it will take time to install depends on your internet speed.

Hacking Webcam Saycheese Ngrok

6. Once, it gets downloaded, it will share the link. Open your browser and test it.

Your snap will get saved to the path /home/saycheese

Worked on Chrome and Firefox, check for other browser at your end.

Hope you got it clear in your mind that your privacy is in your hand. Stay safe and follow Cyber Hygiene.

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