Along with the photos, data on your location is displayed in the intercept so you can be easily tracked.All this happens without any awareness by the phone user -- the screen can either be turned off or on, it does not matter.By being able to activate either a webcam or microphone on a PC, laptop or smartphone, intruders can listen in on sensitive meetings and conversations and even know where the meetings are held, who attended, and everything about what was discussed. It is of course illegal to record a conversation without obtaining permission of the person or persons being recorded, but keep in mind even web conferencing software allows for proceedings to be recorded and no permission is asked.
Szymon has gotten around the Android requirement to display any photo preview on the screen by reducing the preview to only one pixel, which you won't notice even when your screen is on.
On top of this, his solution has gone around Android's notification that an APP is running, so you cannot even check to see if this brilliant piece of software "mal-engineering" is running.
Marcus Thomas, a former assistant director of the FBI's Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Virginia, tells the Washington Post that the FBI could spy on anyone's webcam without turning on the camera's indicator light.
While not all webcams have indicator lights, and many laptops do not have them at all, the indicator light is a nice security feature that tells you when the camera is active.
Many of the images obtained were very personal ones and could be used to either embarrass or blackmail users.