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    Associated Press: Computer tech installed peeping software, policy say

    The Associated Press reports that a computer technician is being accused of installing software to surreptitiously control victims’ Web cams on their computers, which he then allegedly used to take photos or record women while they were naked:

    A Southern California computer repairman suspected of installing spyware on laptops that enabled him to snap and download photographs of women showering and undressing in their homes was arrested Wednesday at his home, police said.

    Police began investigating when a Fullerton resident complained about suspicious messages appearing on his daughter’s computer last year. Trevor Harwell installed software that took control of computer webcams on his clients’ Mac laptops, Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said.

    The software sent fake error messages telling users to “fix their internal sensor soon,” and “try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor,” Goodrich said.

    The error message prompted some victims to take their laptops into the bathroom with them when they showered, he said. […]

    Detectives seized hundreds of thousands of still images and videos from Harwell’s computer and identified several victims, Goodrich said. […]

    Orange County Superior Court records show that Harwell faces 12 felony counts of computer access and fraud, The Orange County Register reported.

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