Even the FBI director puts tape over his webcam
Online security is an issue of constant debate and sometimes paranoia. Though there are many safeguards out there, nothing is 100 percent fool-proof. Those of us who are conscious of webcam hackers may take the extra step of covering our webcam, and, well, it turns out the director of the FBI does so as well.
During a Q&A session at Kenyon College last week, FBI director Comey said that he uses tape to cover his laptop webcam in order to mitigate the danger of secret surveillance.
Given the FBI's recent stance on making devices hackable, his following statement comes off as ironic and hilarious:
"I saw something in the news, so I copied it. I put a piece of tape — I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop — I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am, had a piece of tape over their camera," reported NPR.
So, Comey thinks it's fine to put a backdoor into an iPhone and wants no device to be "unhackable", yet he'd prefer his laptop was warrant-proof.
In response to Comey's double-standard, ACLU chief technologist Christopher Soghoian tweeted,
"FBI Director Comey has created a "warrant-proof webcam" that will thwart lawful surveillance should he ever be investigated. Shame on him."