Trevor Harwell, a technician for Rezitech Inc. who provided home computer services to users with Macintosh computers in Los Angeles and Orange counties, has been charged with a dozen counts of illegal computer access and fraud.
Harwell used his position as a computer repairman to gain physical access to unsuspecting clients' computers and would install a program called Camcapture on the victims' hard drives, a spyware-type application that allowed him remote access to the user's computer and webcam. Once he had access he was able to take hundreds of thousands of images of partially clothed or naked women inside their homes. He went to elaborate lengths to ensure that he got lurid images, even convincing users through system messages that they needed to take their computers into steamy environments, such as near their showers.
The repair ploy first came to light last summer when a Fullerton resident contacted police about suspicious messages appearing on his daughter's computer. One message mimicked the appearance of a system message and read: "You should fix your internal sensor soon. If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor." The message led many victims to take their laptops into the bathroom while taking a shower.
If you, or someone you know has been charged with Illegal Computer Access, Computer Fraud, Internet Fraud or any other type of Fraud Crime,
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