04/29/2015 11:29 EDT | Updated 08/04/2015 09:59 EDT

Quebec hacker busted for spying via webcams, harassing children

A Quebec woman has been arrested for allegedly taking over people's computers remotely, spying on them through their web cameras and harassing them through their computer speakers.

The 27-year-old from Saint-Alphonse-de-Rodriguez, Que., was arrested Wednesday by RCMP investigators.

According to a release from the RCMP, the woman is believed to have used a botnet — a technique that helps distribute malicious software and infect a group of computers, which basically turns them into "zombies" by forcing them to perform tasks without the owner's knowledge. 

Investigators allege the suspect used malicious software to spy on people through their web cameras. 

They also allege the hacker eavesdropped on private conversations, communicated with victims through their computer speakers, and logged onto extreme pornography websites. 

Investigators believe the victims included children in Canada and abroad. 

They also allege the 27-year-old is the owner of an online hacking forum that has 35,000 users worldwide. 

The woman is set to appear in court in Joliette, Que., on Wednesday afternoon, facing criminal charges, including unauthorized use of a computer and mischief in relation to computer data.