At first, the Rbot-GR worm looks just like any one of the usual nasties doing the rounds these days: after exploiting a Microsoft security glitch, it then installs a Trojan horse. Nothing new about that. But what is new is that the virus then takes control of the user's webcam and microphone! The resulting images and soundtracks are then sent to the hackers behind the virus infections.

The applications of such a worm make it attractive to sicko perverts and industrial spies alike. Webcams with an "active light" may give the game away, but to users without such a feature on their webcams, its looking worrying.

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