Another turned to social media, where "I've been able to message random hot girls on facebook (0 mutual friends) and infect (usually become friends with them too); with the right words anything is possible." For those who can't even manage this on their own, RAT experts hawk their slave-infecting expertise in e-books such as , a 22-page tome that goes for .95 (and which claims to be the best-selling book on Hack Forums)."Ever faced a situation where you have FUD server but cannot get victims? "Or maybe you're getting a lot less installs compared to the amount of work you are putting in?
Even when their activities trip a victim's webcam light and the unsettled victim reaches forward to put a piece of tape over the webcam, the basic attitude is humorous—Ha! It could handle the basics, though: logging keystrokes, restarting the target machine, transferring files between computers, and snapping screenshots of the target computer." Women who have this done to them, especially when the spying escalates into blackmail, report feeling paranoia.One woman targeted by the California "sextortionist" Luis Mijangos wouldn't leave her dorm room for a week after Mijangos turned her laptop into a sophisticated bugging device.The weirdest thing is, when I see the person you've been spying on in real life, I've had that a couple of times, it just makes me giggle, especially if it's someone with an uber-weird-nasty habit." By finding their way to forums filled with other ratters, these men—and they appear to be almost exclusively men—gain community validation for their actions."lol I have some good news for u guys we will all die sometime, really glad to know that there are other people like me who do this shit," one poster wrote. RAT tools aren't new; the hacker group Cult of the Dead Cow famously released an early one called Back Orifice at the Defcon hacker convention in 1998.Mijangos began taunting her with information gleaned from offline conversations.For many ratters, though, the spying remains little more than a game. The woman is visible from thousands of miles away on a hacker's computer. A picture of old naked men appears in their Web browser, then vanishes as a Mc Afee security product blocks a "dangerous site." "I think someone hacked into our computer," says the young man. The poster was referencing a 134 page thread filled with the images of female "slaves" surreptitiously snapped by hackers using the women's own webcams. " says a blond woman as she leans back on a couch, bottle-feeding a baby on her lap. Both stare at the computer in horrified fascination. "Man I feel dirty looking at these pics," wrote one forum poster at Hack Forums, one of the top "aboveground" hacking discussion sites on the Internet (it now has more than 23 million total posts).The hacker included a picture of all three of them looking down at the computer, the younger kid crying, the mother stern. DO I GIVE THEM THE SHIT BACK OR UNINSTALL THEM FROM MY RAT!?"They told me they would call the cops, etc and im going to jail?! " Then, a few minutes later, when the hacker saw the mother with a phone in her hand, he returned to say, "im shaking irl [in real life]... hes mom & dad was at the phone calling the cops, while him & his brother was MAD crying, i already laughed for 30mins until it got serious about his mom & dad." "LOL, don't worry you ain't going to jail," another member responded.