Take iSight Snapshots When Invalid Login is Detected

Dec 14, 2006 - 6 Comments


Now here’s a cool trick: you can take iSight camera captures when an invalid login is detected on a Mac! This is so cool.

Posted verbatim from Mac OS X Hints:

“With the new MacBook Pro’s including built-in iSight cameras, I thought it would be useful to take an iSight snapshot of anyone trying to break into my laptop. This is done by tailing /var/log/asl.log for invalid login attempts (both at the login screen and screen saver). I have created an authsight program (1.5KB download) that provides a monitoring daemon which calls the camera after an invalid login attempt, and also includes a launchd manifest. An iSight command line tool named iSightCapture is also required.

It would not be too difficult to modify this tool to call home and even email photos should a laptop be stolen.”

Setting this up is pretty easy and requires a few downloads and a little work, here are the links to follow if you’re interested in this kind of thing:

Download AuthSight

Download iSightCapture

Automator Script for Image Viewing

Better Setup Instructions

Source: Mac OS X Hints

If you know of another method of snapping FaceTime / iSight camera pictures on a Mac when an invalid login is detected, share them with us in the comments!


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Posted by: OSXDaily in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Ben Berwers says:

    Nice to read how to block the Facetime camera in my iMac, but how to unblock it when an unknown app is blocking it?

  2. yehoshua says:

    me want mac
    i hate microsoft but my dad FORCES me to use it

  3. they dont work says:

    links are still dead

  4. http://www.zdziarski.com/projects/authsight/

    The other link is really dead, but I haven’t searched for it.

  5. frustrated user says:

    why isent anyone hosting the file to do this anymore, all the links are dead.

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