Can Your Cell Phone Camera Be Hacked?

Home Inspector with Cape Coral Florida

In our day to day lives we meet some truly interesting people. I was talking to someone the other day and I showed him my cell phone which allows you to take a picture of yourself with its forward facing camera.

He didn't like those cell phones......why?  because he said he knows the technology and could hack into my cell phone. The forward facing camera would allow him to see me through the camera wherever I went. Also, the cell phone can be hacked to be a GPS device so a hacker could know my every move.

He showed me his cell phone, it was a smartphone, but didn't have the forward facing camera. This allowed him to place the phone camera lense down, in case he was being hacked.

I thought this kind of creepy at first, but, who'd want to follow a home inspector into an attic or crawl space?

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Jeff Wicklander
Corwick Home Services LLC - Libertyville, IL

I think he's been watching '24' too much.



Aug 27, 2010 04:37 PM #1
Carla Muss-Jacobs, Principal Broker (503) 810-7192 | Portland Metro Exclusive Buyers Agent | 100% Buyer Representation ~ 100% of the Time - Portland, OR
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They could probably do that with the laptops too, with the built in cameras!  Oh, I love technology -- the new "Peeping Toms"

Aug 27, 2010 05:38 PM #2
Jason Channell
Diadem Property Inspections - Serving Southeast Michigan - Troy, MI
The House Sleuth

That sounds quite freaky. I've never heard of anything like that, but enough bored but brilliant people hack into everything else, so why not?

Aug 27, 2010 06:29 PM #3
Jay Lloyd
Cape Coral Florida - Cape Coral, FL
Allpro Home Inspection

Jason, It sounded freaky to me too. I think he was telling the truth.

Carla, It makes you wonder how boring your life has to be to actually hack into someone elses life.

Jeff, The guy had credentials to back up his knowledge & experience. I think he was the real deal, hard to believe I know.

Aug 27, 2010 08:35 PM #4
TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc.
Complete Home Inspections, Inc. - Brentwood, TN
Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029

Jay, if there is technology involved it can be hacked. These phones are so open sourced that once someone gets your signal, your toast...

Aug 27, 2010 10:32 PM #5
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