This continued until an incident occurred wherein she was discovered by a group of hackers on Efnet who teased her for their own amusement.After she reacted humorously to their taunts, Jenni Cam was hacked, and Ringley received death threats. Initially, the camera tended to be turned off during especially private moments, but eventually this custom was abandoned, and images were captured of Ringley engaging in sex. in 1998, she added webcams to cover the additional living space (four webcams captured images of her life).
Ringley's standard of living improved with a new larger apartment, expensive furniture and several business trips to Amsterdam with her accountant.
Ringley's desire to maintain the purity of the cam-eye view of her life eventually created the need to establish that she was within her rights as an adult to broadcast such information, in the legal sense, and that it was not harmful to other adults.
Unlike later for-profit webcam services, Sources stated that Jenni Cam received over 100 million visitors weekly.
This was a new use of Internet technology in 1996 and some viewers were interested in its sociological implications while others watched it for sexual arousal.
The Jenni Cam website coincided with a rise in surveillance as a feature of popular culture, exemplified by the 1998 film The Truman Show and reality television programs such as Big Brother, and as a feature of contemporary art and new media art.
The Cam can be operated by the viewer by clicking on the Control Cam button.