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Symantec researchers spotted compromises of the accounts of an electrofunk band, an international journalist from The Telegraph, and other high profile individuals during the campaign, according to a May 23 blog post.
Vigna said that a large portion of the compromised accounts being old and barely active further supported the claim.
Hackers are using webcams to turn people into 'slaves' by secretly recording them through their computer.
A security expert has warned that those who don't cover their webcams risk being blackmailed by hackers who have taken incriminating footage of them.
The 'stupidity' of the victims warrants the exploitation and abuse in the eyes of the hackers The ability to remotely take control of another person's camera has long been known, the FBI allegedly had the ability to spy on people via the webcams back in 2013.
The hackers use malware to download and install software onto machines, giving total access to the device.
The type of cameras involved are known as Internet Protocol (IP) cameras.