A webcam model, also known as a camgirl for females and camboy for males, is a model who performs on the Internet through live webcam footage.
A webcam model often performs sexual services in exchange for money, goods, or attention.
Commissions earned by camgirls vary widely by paysite, but are typically in the form of a flat fee, sometimes known as a "bounty", or based on a percentage of gross sales for every customer who signs up to a site.
CNN referred to him as "in the language of cyberspace... He started his own paysite, prostituted himself, sold video recordings of his encounters with Mexican prostitutes, and helped hire other underage models.
He made several hundred thousand dollars over five years before turning all information over to prosecutors in exchange for immunity.
A 19-year-old Oregon State University student dropped out of school after being caught recording a live solo-sex show in her school's library in October 2014.
She has been charged with public indecency after the show that was originally made for My Free was posted on Pornhub (it has since been removed).
Startled, I checked my browser tabs and my list of open applications to see if anything had been making noise. I hadn’t been watching any You Tube videos, browsing any pages with autoplay ads, or listening to any podcasts when the voice appeared. The same hacker who, for the prior two weeks, had been making my life a nightmare hellscape — breaking into my email accounts, stealing my bank and credit card information, gaining access to my home security camera, spying on my Slack chats with co-workers, and—the coup de grâce—installing a piece of malware on my laptop that hijacked my webcam and used it to take photos of me every two minutes, then uploaded those photos to a server owned by the hacker. From his computer on the other side of the country, the hacker spied on me through my webcam, saw that I was unenthused, and used my laptop’s text-to-speech function to tell me “you look bored.” I had to admit, it was a pretty good troll.
And I couldn’t even be mad, because I’d asked for it.
Last year, after reporting on the hacks of Sony Pictures, JPMorgan Chase, Ashley Madison, and other major companies, I got curious about what it felt like to be on the victim’s side of a data breach, in a time when so much of our lives is contained in these giant, fragile online containers.
So I decided to stage an experiment that, in hindsight, sounds like a terrible idea: I invited two of the world’s most elite hackers (neither of whom I’d ever met) to spend two weeks hacking me as deeply and thoroughly as they could, using all of the tools at their disposal.
My only conditions were that the hackers had to promise not to steal money or any other assets from me, reveal any of my private information, or do any harm to me, my data, or anyone else.
And then, at the end of the hack, I wanted them to tell me what they found, delete any copies they’d made, and help me fix any security flaws or vulnerabilities I had.
Fortune 500 companies do this kind of thing all the time.