Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg covers webcam with tape

Basic security measures even protect global CEOs

Poor smiley Mark Zuckerberg. The Facebook CEO put out a picture yesterday of himself holding an oversized Instagram frame -to celebrate 500 million monthly active users - and all everyone wants to talk about is how he's paranoid.

If you look closely at the picture, you'll notice that the laptop at his desk has tape covering both its camera and microphone - a pretty low-cost way to stop hackers that may be able to seize control of his computer from seeing or hearing anything.

Some may doubt that the picture is of Zuckerberg's desk. He is the CEO, after all. Shouldn't he be perched on some type of iron throne made from hundreds of smelted Like icons? As Gizmodo points out, however, a Facebook live video posted nine months ago shows the same desk. Note the wooden Facebook sign and custom "Zuck" mat, which can be seen in the Instagram photo.

Zuckerberg isn't the only high-profile individual to put tape over his webcam. Earlier this year FBI director James Comey admitted to putting tape over his laptop's camera.

"I saw something in the news, so I copied it," he said. "I put a piece of tape - I have obviously a laptop, personal laptop - I put a piece of tape over the camera. Because I saw somebody smarter than I am had a piece of tape over their camera."

As for Zuckerberg, his security measures don't begin and end with a piece of tape. In April 2016 Facebook disclosed in a regulatory filing that it has spent over $12 million between 2013 and 2015 protecting Zuckerberg and his family, following "specific threats" to the company's CEO.

Featured Resources

How to scale your organisation in the cloud

How to overcome common scaling challenges and choose the right scalable cloud service

Download now

The people factor: A critical ingredient for intelligent communications

How to improve communication within your business

Download now

Future of video conferencing

Optimising video conferencing features to achieve business goals

Download now

Improving cyber security for remote working

13 recommendations for security from any location

Download now

Recommended

Monero miners target cloud-native development environments
cryptocurrencies

Monero miners target cloud-native development environments

5 Mar 2021
High-risk email security threats increased by 32% last year
phishing

High-risk email security threats increased by 32% last year

3 Mar 2021
Malicious ‘dependency confusion’ packages are stealing password files
hacking

Malicious ‘dependency confusion’ packages are stealing password files

2 Mar 2021
AOL users are the target of a new phishing campaign
phishing

AOL users are the target of a new phishing campaign

1 Mar 2021

Most Popular

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach
data breaches

Star Alliance passenger data stolen in SITA data breach

5 Mar 2021
I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to
automation

I went shopping at Amazon’s till-less supermarket so that you don’t have to

5 Mar 2021
How to find RAM speed, size and type
Laptops

How to find RAM speed, size and type

26 Feb 2021