Microsoft recently announced that the Xbox One will work without Kinect being plugged in.  This gives users the peace of mind that they can remove their Kinect if they have strong privacy concern issues.  And the news is probably welcome to a few players who may have read some stories recently in the press about multiple devices being hacked into and used as spy devices. In this commentary, The Red Dragon covers a couple of stories that were recently printed.  One involves Miss Teen USA having her webcam hacked into without her knowledge, and the other is about two parents who walked into their babies room to hear a stranger talking to their baby from the baby monitor.

Excerpt from Miss Teen USA Hacked:  Cassidy Wolf should be on top of the world after being crowned Miss Teen USA Saturday in the Bahamas. But the 19-year-old is using her newfound fame to reveal a very dark private struggle.
Four months ago, Wolf, a California native, was notified that someone had tried to log into her Facebook account from a different state. Shortly after, she received an anonymous email from someone claiming to have hacked into the webcam on the computer in her bedroom. The stalker tried to extort the teen saying the photos would not be made public in return.
“I wasn’t aware that somebody was watching me [on my webcam],” Wolf, who was targeted before she’d won her national title, told Today.com. “The light [on the camera] didn’t even go on, so I had no idea.”
Instead of giving in to the threats, the teenager went to the authorities, who are now investigating the case. Because it is under federal investigation Wolf cannot reveal what types of photos were taken of her, or what the person tried to extort, though she did tell Fox News they captured things a person does “in the privacy of their own room,” when they’re not expecting to be watched.

Parents left terrified after man hacked their baby monitor and yelled abuse at them and their 2-year-old daughter Source: Dailymail

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