CCTV laptop webcam stickers in Boing Boing Bazaar

Ozge Kirimlioglu has brought her wonderful little die-cut vinyl CCTV stickers to the Boing Boing Bazaar. They fit neatly around the webcam pinhole on your laptop, and serve as excellent reminder that a compromised machine can be used to spy on its owner, as they discovered in Lower Merion, Pennsylvania. Before pasting mine on, I cut out a second pinhole so I could see the "camera active" light on my Thinkpad.

Cctv Stickers


  1. The laptop incident was in Lower Merion School District, MONTGOMERY COUNTY, PA. Please fix.

  2. Alas, the machines in that case weren’t compromised either, at least, not in the usual sense of defeated security measures. They installed and operated the spy software intentionally.

    1. Yes, they were compromised. In fact there were two security failures: (1) The end users (teachers, parents, even the children) trusted that the hardware was clean without performing due diligence. (2) The administrators/authorities deliberately installed spyware, used it to peep on underage children, and then lied about it.

  3. I understand that some artistic licence was taken here, but there is some major perspective fail in that drawing.

  4. Please note that it IS possible to activate a laptop camera WITHOUT turning on the light…

  5. Is the “camera active” light controlled by a software driver, or is it built into the hardware?

    If it’s the former, I wouldn’t trust it; better to place a sticker over the camera.

  6. Just don’t leave your laptop unattended, or Banksy will paint a rat or a little girl on your screen.

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