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Police: Computer tech installed peeping software

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Posted: Jun 9, 2011 12:17 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: peeping software, California, computer repairman, spyware, laptop computer, Fullerton, Trevor Harwell, webcam, WBRZ

FULLERTON, Calif. - Police say a Southern California computer repairman installed spyware on laptops that enabled him to snap and download photographs of women showering and undressing in their homes.

Fullerton police say 20-year-old Trevor Harwell installed software that took control of computer webcams and sent error messages telling users to "try putting your laptop near hot steam
for several minutes to clean the sensor."

Some of the victims took their laptops into the bathroom with them as they showered.

Detectives seized hundreds of thousands of still images and videos from Harwell's computer, including many of women undressing or changing clothes.

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