PAEDOPHILES and stalkers are using £25 software to hack into their victims’ computers and watch them on a webcam.
The sinister software is part of an unprecedented array of technology now enabling criminals to spy on people and steal sensitive data.
Despite the fact that many calls to police concern social media issues, many officers are still unaware of just how cheap and easy it is to hack a laptop or phone.
Shockingly, surveillance software, or Spyware, can be bought from online retail sites, including Amazon, for between £25 and £50.
This type of surveillance is now commonplace amongst stalking and other victims
Harry Fletcher, of anti-stalking group Digital Trust
An e-mail is sent to the victim with a photograph attached. When they click on it they unwittingly activate the spyware. Once it is installed, the criminals can control the webcam and monitor passwords, e-mails and instant messaging conversations.
Harry Fletcher, of anti-stalking group Digital Trust, said: “This type of surveillance is now commonplace amongst stalking and other victims.
“People now know you can buy products to spy on someone, so they go looking for them.”