Is the iSight indicator LED hardwired or can it be circumvented?Hi, when a macbook's built-in iSight camera is activated, this is indicated by a green light right next to it. My question is...
Answer to: Is the iSight indicator LED hardwired or can it be circumvented?Here we go. The answer is: Yes, the iSight indicator can be circumvented, no, it is not hardwired. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/12/18/research-shows-how-macbook-webcams-can-spy-on-their-users-without-warning/ Now, esp. @mayer, tell me who is paranoid and who has just been naive.
Answer to: Is the iSight indicator LED hardwired or can it be circumvented?So, I will try to sum this up. A) As for the original question: Although there are several hints into both directions, there appears to be no evidence what so ever about whether the green indicator LED of the iSight camera is actually hardwired to the camera or not. And although, until further evidence, we have to assume that it is theoretically possible to use the iSight camera without activating the indicator light, it seems to be very hard to achieve and has possibly never been done yet (Thanks, fanxAlot for insisting on the original question with me). B) Even if the LED was hardwired, there is no reason to feel safe from being spied on, because, as Dan pointed out, if single pictures are snapped, the light only flashes briefly, which is hard to notice. C) If one is concerned about privacy and wants to invest time to make a Mac more safe, other issues are probably more important to look at, given that (1) There is still at least one microphone in every macbook (without any usage indicator) and (2) Spying o...