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IT Repair Installs Webcam Spying Software 606

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-look-hot-undressing dept.
Vapon writes "A lady noticed her computer was running slower after she had brought her computer in to be repaired. She took the computer to a second repair shop where they found that one of the problems was that her webcam would turn on whenever it detected her around and was taking photos and uploading it to a website. The repair technician that installed the software has done this to at least 10 women and has photos of at least one undressing."
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IT Repair Installs Webcam Spying Software

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:00AM (#24511069)
    ...you've got nothing to fear.
  • by Qzukk (229616) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:00AM (#24511085) Journal

    Does this count as being a private dick [slashdot.org]?

  • WTF (Score:5, Insightful)

    by neokushan (932374) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:01AM (#24511109)

    Why on earth would he go to all this trouble when there's any number of friendly Filipino women out there willing to do the same at a low-low cost?

    • by Moraelin (679338) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:31AM (#24511509) Journal

      I see it got modded off-topic, but it seems to me like a valid question. What the heck was this guy thinking? Or the recent story on The Register [theregister.co.uk], where a 47 year old techie got jailed for a similar stunt, except he also tried to blackmail a 17 year old girl into underessing in front of the camera. (Which is how he got caught.)

      I mean, seriously. What. The. Fuck.

      Didn't these guys find enough photos of naked women on the internet? I mean, seriously, how did that train of thought go? "Man, if only I could see some photos of women at least partially undressed... Nah, surely nobody publishes something like that. I guess I'll just have to bug someone's web-cam." Or what?

      Or was it just a psychopath's power game?

      Since the story is about him, it doesn't seem to me offtopic at all. No, seriously, I want to know. What goes in the head of that kind of idiot? How do you recognize one?

      • by HappySmileMan (1088123) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:41AM (#24511627)

        Most of the time in cases like this it makes them feel much better knowing that they have some kind of power over the victim. He could have of course found regular porn, but maybe in his mind regular porn is too boring?

      • by The Dancing Panda (1321121) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @12:22PM (#24512245)
        Not really that. And it's not totally a power trip thing, either. It's different seeing someone naked when you've had some personal interaction with them. While I've never done anything like this, I know there's quite a few slashdotters out there who watch porn, half-hoping they find some girl they knew in high school, or find out the woman down the street has her own website. This is the same kind of thing.
        • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

          by wembley67 (1001377)
          George Carlin summed it up nicely: The girl next door "seems more possible" than a complete stranger.
  • by MyLongNickName (822545) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:06AM (#24511163) Journal

    Not that I would watch it, of course.

  • undressing? (Score:3, Funny)

    by larry bagina (561269) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:06AM (#24511165) Journal
    I need to see a naked girl to shit in a cup, eat vomit, or get double stuffed to get hard thes days.
  • by BitterOldGUy (1330491) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:10AM (#24511213)
    a friend of mine is real paranoid. So when he took his computer into a large Office Supply Store Chain for optimization, he wrote the serial number down. When he got his machine back the serial numbers didn't match. But it did match for the "new" display model. The techs swapped his machine for the display model. He got his money back. I had egg on my face and now I wear tin foil hats too.

    Lesson. Whenever taking your machine into those places, write down the serial numbers. Unfortunately, if you buy a new machine, repairing it yourself is not an option if you want it done under warranty.

    Extended warranties are rip-offs - no exceptions.

    • Unless you own an iMac, mine is in the shop (AGAIN!) for yet another circuit board and possibly new video card.

      So that was the best $169 I ever spent.

      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by cwAllenPoole (1228672)
        Yes, well, Macs are special [absurdnotions.org]...
      • by Dekortage (697532) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:46AM (#24511691) Homepage

        Apple's warranties are absolutely worth it. The three year extended warranty is dirt frickin cheap compared to any repair you might need down the line. Hard drive failed? Replaced. Keys fell of your keyboard? Replaced. Little rubber feet come off the bottom of the laptop? Here's a sheet of extras, just in case they come off again in three years.

        Seriously, if you buy a Mac, buy the extended warranty.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by maxume (22995)

          Do you think Apple is losing money on the extended warranties?

          (They could still be worth it; spending $250 now may well make a lot more sense than facing the possibility of spending $500 tomorrow; the point is that Apple sells them because they are profitable for Apple, so on the balance, they aren't profitable for Apple customers.)

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            "Profitable for apple" could mean that they aren't making a profit on the warranty and repairs themselves, but they cover the costs easily in the profit of the pc and the customer is so happy they buy more apple stuff later.

            "Not losing your customers to the competition" can have a value too. It's a bit too indirect for most modern companies unfortunately, they seem to instead prefer to give all sorts of incentives to new customers and allow their existing customers to be drawn away by their competitors' new

    • by CapnStank (1283176) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:18AM (#24511327) Homepage

      Did the swapout comp at least work? I knew a guy that took his PC into "BigBoxStoreA" for repair becuase the thing 'squealed' and then stopped. They returned it a few days later stating they couldn't find the issue and ultimately determined the mobo had fried. He took it to a different repairshop for a second opinion. Turns out a mouse wiggled his way ontop of the HDD and chewed through the IDE cable; squeek; crash. BigBoxStoreA didn't even open the case, LAME.

      Heck for ranting on terrible repair shops, someone else I knew bought a computer from BigBoxStoreA (Yes, same company) which bust in a week. He took it back, they neglected to repair it for two weeks and ultimately voided the warranty on the HP machine because they were not licensed to repair those PCs.

      I got more, and I'm sure everyone else does. Computer repairmen are becoming the new age Mechanics. Yes, they can do it, some are sketchy, and a lot will rip you off. The simple answer is to learn on your own and know exactly what to look for.

    • by Thelasko (1196535) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:22AM (#24511381) Journal

      Extended warranties are rip-offs - no exceptions.

      so are "optimizations"

      Whenever taking your machine into those places

      Never take your machine to one of those places, no exceptions.

      Unfortunately, if you buy a new machine, repairing it yourself is not an option if you want it done under warranty.

      That all depends on where you bought it in the first place. If you built it yourself, you have nothing to worry about.

      • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

        by fm6 (162816)

        Great idea! Can you tell me how I can build my own laptop?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        Extended warranties are rip-offs - no exceptions.

        Trust me on this: not buying the extended warranty on an Apple product is a good way to get it to break after 91 days.

  • Woman? (Score:5, Funny)

    by The Gaytriot (1254048) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:47AM (#24511707) Homepage Journal

    "The repair technician that installed the software has done this to at least 10 woman and has photos of at least one undressing."

    I believe the correct word is womans, duh it's plural.

  • by DenaliPrime (6153) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @11:47AM (#24511713) Homepage Journal
    Ars Technica had this first. They should get the credit. http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080805-high-tech-peeping-tom-rigged-laptop-webcam-to-snap-nude-pics.html [arstechnica.com]
  • by sm62704 (957197) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @12:13PM (#24512089) Journal

    She took the computer to a second repair shop where they found that one of the problems was that her webcam would turn on whenever it detected her around and was taking photo's and uploading it to a website.

    Vapon and Taco, meet Bob [angryflower.com].

  • by Lord Apathy (584315) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @12:16PM (#24512131)

    A webcamera is one of the things that I will never again attach to my computer. I rigged up a webcam to my computer once so while I chatted with some chicks they could see me. My sister used my computer while I was away for a week. Looks like she would just invite some random lusers to use the webcam.

    Well a message popped up one afternoon and it was from some luser telling me I was cute. I ask him how he know he said my webcam was on. Then he ask me if I would get naked for him. And it was a guy.

    Camera in box.. box back to store. Now when some chick wants a picture I just direct her to a website where I have a picture of J. Random. Hunk.

    Works for me.

  • by hyperz69 (1226464) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @12:30PM (#24512377)
    The guy was trying to get off on the THRILL of forbidden fruit. You know like peeping toms. The boobies you are not SUPPOSE to see. There are many people out there like it, and it surprises me it didn't happen sooner. Not that I am saying he was right, or that he shouldn't goto jail. He should, it's just not that hard to understand WHY he did it.
  • by Verteiron (224042) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @12:35PM (#24512481) Homepage

    From TFA: "Marisel Garcia is one of eight or nine women in the Gainesville, Florida who is a victim of a Webcam Spy Hacker voyeurism scandal, orchestrated by Craig Feigin."

    Not a victim of having her privacy invaded, not merely being spied upon.. but a full-fledged Webcam Spy Hacker Voyeurism Scandal. A WSHVS. Dear god, WHAT HAVE WE COME TO? I think I'll found a WSHVS victim anonymous.

  • More information (Score:5, Informative)

    by ROBOKATZ (211768) on Thursday August 07, 2008 @01:12PM (#24513131)
    Local paper article [gainesville.com] about this. Includes a picture!

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