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Scammers are using hidden or hijacked cameras to surveil unsuspecting people. From gas pumps to Airbnbs, here are the most unexpected ways people have been spied on in the past year.

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Scammers are taking advantage of increasingly-compact hardware to use hidden cameras to spy on people.



At the same time, hackers are finding new ways to hijack the multitude of cameras built into people's phones and smart devices.



2019 was rife with stories about people finding hidden cameras in places ranging from Airbnb rentals to gas pumps.



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The surveillance is coming from inside the house. In the past year, a series of reports have highlighted a troubling new trend in surveillance: hackers are hijacking cameras in people's homes to spy on them. In other cases, scammers are making use of discreet hidden cameras to spy on people, using the footage for fraud or blackmail. With the proliferation of smart home devices fitted with cameras - along with increasingly sophisticated hacks - the number of reports of hidden and hijacked cameras has spiked in recent months. Here's a roundup of some of the most high-profile reports of scammers using hidden or hijacked cameras to record people in supposedly private settings in the past year.
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