Computer Technician Installed Peeking Software, Police Said

Computer Technician Installed Peeking SoftwareA repairman of computer in United States was arrested in their home that was suspected of installing spyware on laptops that allowed him to snap and download photographs of women showering and undressing in their homes, according to the report of the police.

Police started inspecting when a Fullerton resident protested concerning doubtful messages coming on the computer of his daughter previous year.  Trevor Harwell installed software that obtained a control of computer webcams on his customers’ Mac laptops, Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, Fullerton police said.

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

He said, the false message encouraged several victims to get their laptops into the bathroom with them when they showered.

Goodrich said, “Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women.  Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes. Harwell then stored the photos on a remote server, and eventually downloaded them on his own computer.”

Goodrich said detectives grab hundreds of thousand of still images and videos from computer of Harwell and recognized some victims.

Investigators consider Harwell, a technician for Rezitech Inc. might have used computers linked to internal network of Biola University.  Harwell, 20 years old is a previous student at the La Mirada Christian College, where some of the victims attended.

The Orange Country Register reported that their records show that Harwell will encounter 12 felony counts of computer access and fraud.