First of all, it's important to clarify that the GCHQ is not accused of hacking into computers and intercepting webcam feeds directly from the machines of Yahoo users, like hackers can by installing RAT (Remote Access Tool) malware on a victim's laptop or PC.
Furthermore, the GCHQ did not need Yahoo's cooperation to execute its webcam spying project.
Optic Nerve has also involved experimental efforts with facial-recognition technology.
A GCHQ document cited by the shows that the agency has sought to develop the capability to search through ongoing webcam sessions for faces already included in the database.
As of this writing, it remains unclear as to just how many Yahoo users were simultaneously tracked by the GCHQ's five-minute interval screenshot method.
Any Internet data flowing through those fiber optic cables, if not encrypted, can be intercepted in the same way.
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According to documents obtained by the (“Yahoo webcam images from millions of users intercepted by GCHQ”), GCHQ targeted 1.8 million webcam users in a single six-month period in 2008.
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Messenger is a popular instant messaging client and protocol provided by Yahoo! In addition to instant messaging features similar to those offered by ICQ and AOL Instant Messenger, it also offers some unique features such as: IMVironments (customizing the look of Instant Message windows) and Custom Status Messages.
Messenger is provided free of charge and can be downloaded and used with a generic "Yahoo! Yahoo instant messenger also includes a security feature which allows the user to be "invisible" to whoever they choose.
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