Hacking Laptop Cameras: ‘Jinker’ Speaks Out.
Think you’re alone at home? Forget it. Jinker says he can hear us through our phones and see what we do through our device’s cameras.
Kurdaitcha (an alias), an Australian online stalker and tech-hacker, says that phones, laptops and tablets which are constantly connected to the internet are vulnerable. Device hacking is becoming a popular form of online entertainment for a different kind of dark-web voyeur: The Jinker.
Jinkers are able to access any electronic device remotely, turning on in-built cameras and microphones without a victim ever knowing their device was hacked.
And he says that it’s better than reality television.
‘The stuff is free and totally unscripted and the devices go with them wherever they go.
Jinker Kurdaitcha isn’t new to electronic eavesdropping. In the eighties, he says he owned a police scanner and would listen to breakups, hookups, phone-sex and employees being sacked. It was raw and often saucy.
Kurdaitcha then moved to the internet and jinked devices connected to it.
‘In the early days [of the internet] I’d have to wait for someone to dial-up [and log-in] but that’s all changed now. I jink an IP address these days and I have a permanent feed.’
Think of Jinking as device piggy-backing. A Jinker hacks a device’s vulnerable port and accesses it’s audio and visual systems. Everything a victim’s device hears and sees is transmitted to the Jinker’s computer.
‘Most of us [Jinkers] like to watch [victims] but that it isn’t my thing. It’s resource heavy and there’s a chance of being discovered. I’m old school and just enjoy listening to the audio. If I hear something juicy, I’ll turn on their camera and have a look.’
When asked why Jinker footage or audio hasn’t appeared on the internet, Kurdaitcha says that it all comes down to the code of conduct all dark-webbers live by.
‘It’s unlikely you’ll ever see Jinker footage. Jinking is taken extremely seriously. Jinkers don’t share things to the white or grey-web, not ever.’