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He said: ‘There was one camera in an office and I could actually read the screen of the computer where they could be entering private information such as passwords, but it’s fully displayed to the world.‘It’s not just the creepy feeling that you are being seen, which is the main concern, it’s also the content of what is being seen.

We’re talking about financial information, private information – exactly the sort of stuff the camera is designed to protect, but is doing the opposite.’Many cameras were fixed on babies and small children sleeping in their beds.

Hacking can be prevented simply by changing the factory-set default security codes that every camera comes with.

A large number of buyers will be parents who use the devices to monitor babies and young children.

Step 1: Unplug it The quickest and easiest way to make sure your external webcam can’t be used to spy on you is to disconnect it either from your computer, or the mains.

Without power, a webcam won’t work, so if you’re not using it, keep it unplugged.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security.Step 2: Change the password Passwords are usually the weak spot of any supposedly secure system and webcams are no different.A webcam that connects directly to a wi-fi network (usually called IP cams) will have a video feed and settings page that’s protected by a username and password."The investigation shows that the suspect used various methods to harass her victims, including by eavesdropping on private conversations and by communicating with victims through the speakers of their infected computers," says the RCMP statement."She also frightened her victims by taking over control of their computers and by logging on to extreme pornography websites.

Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber security specialist, said: ‘The really scary thing is that people buy these cameras for their own security.

Step 2: Change the password Passwords are usually the weak spot of any supposedly secure system and webcams are no different.

A webcam that connects directly to a wi-fi network (usually called IP cams) will have a video feed and settings page that’s protected by a username and password.

"The investigation shows that the suspect used various methods to harass her victims, including by eavesdropping on private conversations and by communicating with victims through the speakers of their infected computers," says the RCMP statement.

"She also frightened her victims by taking over control of their computers and by logging on to extreme pornography websites.

It is further alleged that she was the owner of an online hacking forum that has 35,000 users worldwide.