I suppose if a hacker installed a backdoor, took remote control of your system, they could use your webcam to record but it is an unlikely scenario. Further, doing something like like would be closer to blackmail than ransom.
Most security experts will advise against paying the ransom
demands of the malware writers because doing so only helps to finance their criminal enterprise and keep them in business. The more people that pay, the more cyber-criminals are encouraged to keep engaging in scams for financial gain.
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