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Indeed, the devices the researchers studied were similar to Mac Books involved in a notorious case in Pennsylvania in 2008.

“There’s no reason you can’t do it -- it’s just a lot of work and resources but it depends on how well [Apple] secured the hardware,” Miller says. Brocker and Checkoway write in their report that they contacted the company on July 16.

“Apple went to some amount of effort to make sure that the LED would turn on whenever the camera was taking images,” Checkoway says.

The 2008-era Apple products they studied had a “hardware interlock” between the camera and the light to ensure that the camera couldn’t turn on without alerting its owner.

The researchers also provided us with a copy of their proof-of-concept software.

In the video below, we demonstrate how the camera can be activated without triggering the telltale warning light.

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