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Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures 282

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from the time-to-start-punishing-this dept.
An anonymous reader writes "El Reg reports that two employees at a Verizon store in Florida are facing charges after making copies of a woman's naked pictures while helping her transfer data from an old phone to a new one. The two employees later offered to show the pictures to another customer, but the customer happened to be the woman's friend. The woman and her friend filed a police report. The police quickly got a warrant to search the store and found copies of the pictures on multiple devices there. One of the employees, Gregory Lampert, was arrested and charged with two felonies and a misdemeanor. The other employee, Joshua Stuart, is no longer in Florida, but will face charges if he comes back."
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Verizon Worker Arrested For Copying Customer's Nude Pictures

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  • by retroworks (652802) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:22PM (#41866061) Homepage Journal
    can you see me now?
    • by Penguinisto (415985) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:31PM (#41866193) Journal

      Seriously... the Internet has an ocean of nude pictures, and in far higher resolutions than any camera phone could hope to take. You can even get movies in full 1080p of women doing damned near anything and everything you can conceivably think of - be it sexual or not. Nearly any 14-year boy on the planet with Internet access know this!

      In conclusion, we know that these two "techs" at the Verizon store aren't exactly carrying a surplus of clue here... ] ...so what does that say about Verizon's hiring standards for technically-minded people? Seriously?

      • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 03, 2012 @03:12PM (#41866519)

        It's more than just having naked pictures of a woman. It's about having naked pictures of *someone specifically.*

        It's a power thing. Even if you don't intend to wield that power against that person.

        • Re: (Score:2, Insightful)

          by Anonymous Coward
          No matter how many you've seen, you never get tired of seeing new ones
        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Anonymous Coward

          I doubt it's a power thing. It's a fact that a woman you know, even if you only had a short conversation with her, is more attractive than a similarly built woman that you don't know. It's easy to guess at evolutionary reasons for this.

        • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 04, 2012 @02:12AM (#41870527)

          It's more than just having naked pictures of a woman. It's about having naked pictures of *someone specifically.*

          It's a power thing. Even if you don't intend to wield that power against that person.

          Ahh, the local AC feminazi speaks, and gets +5 Insightful. Sorry, but you're wrong, it's got nothing to do with having "power". That's a BS idea some man-haters came up with some years back and have been promoting from time to time.
          The real answer is that it's about taboo. It's about seeing what isn't "supposed" to be seen. It's why people find it more exciting to catch a glimpse of the "girl next door" naked than to see a porn star naked. Same thing here.

          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by wdef (1050680)
            Taboos and power structures are of course closely related. Breaking a taboo is transgression and in part says "to hell with what society says I can't do, I'm me and I'm rebelling against that power (and am therefore powerful)". Transgression is frequently eroticized.
          • by cavebison (1107959) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @03:22PM (#41874005)

            Sorry, but you're wrong, it's got nothing to do with having "power".

            You can't beat one blanket assumption with another blanket assumption. Both are incorrect.

            Yes, it was probably mostly about taboo. But it also becomes about power when you know you can freely invade someone's privacy, and/or control something of "value" that normally would not and should not be under your control. That *part* of it is entirely about power.

      • by ne0n (884282)
        Yeah, sure. So where's the torrent?
      • by AmiMoJo (196126) * <mojo@@@world3...net> on Saturday November 03, 2012 @05:23PM (#41867569) Homepage

        Why do you think celebrity sex tapes, even the ones who are not all that hot and where the image is just a grainy out of focus night vision shot that shows you almost nothing, are so popular?

        People seem to like seeing porn, even bad porn, of people they know. Even if they only know them through the TV.

      • > so what does that say about Verizon's hiring standards for technically-minded people? Seriously?

        Not a lot. Technical ability doesn't have anything to do with moral reasoning or empathy.

        Arguably, you could make one of those pick-any-two triangles from that collection.

  • durrrr (Score:5, Insightful)

    by aurashift (2037038) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:22PM (#41866063)
    This is stupid and pervy overall, but offering to show it to another CUSTOMER? Can't get much dumber than that.
  • by starblazer (49187)

    Where they perchance prior Agents for Geek Squad?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:26PM (#41866131)

    Show us the pictures!

  • Two Felonies! (Score:5, Insightful)

    by SternisheFan (2529412) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:27PM (#41866133)
    Copying customer's pictures to his own device - Wrong on so many levels.

    Unwittingly admitting your crime to the customer's friend and getting himself charged with two felonies - Priceless!

    • Re:Two Felonies! (Score:5, Informative)

      by nurb432 (527695) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:34PM (#41866219) Homepage Journal

      I have to disagree on the first part, as often times techs will bring their own hardware to a site and copy all the customers files of in preparation for a reload. "please save my pictures and music" ( or in a business, CAD files, or whatever ) as no one ever backs up...

      I have done it many a time over the last couple of decades, both raw files or a disk image. I always would bring a desktop before laptops, then a laptop, and now just a 2.5" usb drive, incase they dont have a DVD recorder or anything, and of course something to boot off of to avoid viruses. ( as technology advances so does what i carry with me ).

      However, i dont look thru them, and they are deleted before i leave the site.

      • by tepples (727027) <tepples&gmail,com> on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:48PM (#41866329) Homepage Journal

        Copying customer's pictures to his own device - Wrong on so many levels.

        I have to disagree on the first part, as often times techs will bring their own hardware to a site and copy all the customers files of in preparation for a reload. "please save my pictures and music" ( or in a business, CAD files, or whatever ) as no one ever backs up...

        A tech should use a company-owned device for that, not a personal device, and treat all backed-up data as confidential.

        However, i dont look thru them, and they are deleted before i leave the site.

        So you follow at least some good practices for confidentiality of customers' data. Customers should insist that this practice be written into the terms of service.

        • by nurb432 (527695)

          "Their own" was just to distinguish it from "customer owned", and yes normally it would be provided by the tech's company as part of "his" tool kit. It just was poorly worded.

    • by green1 (322787)

      It's hard to be certain what led to looking at the pictures themselves. most likely they shouldn't have been looking, but sometimes things are just set up in such a way that you aren't sure if the folder you're looking at is pictures the customer wants, or images built in to some app that will be re-loaded anyway. The bigger issue is what happened next. Keeping those pictures is obviously wrong, showing them to other customers... well that's just plain stupid.

      Moderately related story... I once worked as a n

      • by Fjandr (66656)

        The worst part though was that his wife was also my boss... must say it was very difficult to take her seriously after that!

        I've never understood that reaction. I can sort of understand being vaguely uncomfortable interacting with them, but to not take someone seriously because of information you found out regarding their sex life? That's just ... weird, at least to me.

      • Re:Two Felonies! (Score:4, Insightful)

        by mikestew (1483105) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @09:02PM (#41869077) Homepage

        The worst part though was that his wife was also my boss... must say it was very difficult to take her seriously after that!

        I hate to break it to you but for each individual boss you've had and will ever have, the odds are probably greater than 50% that they have sex. Smaller odds are that it might involve whipped cream, video equipment, or other add-ons. Your reaction to that is your problem, not theirs.

        A better reason for not taking her seriously as a manager is that she's married to the CEO. Nepotism is a much more solid reason than sexual tastes.

  • Nothing new (Score:5, Insightful)

    by nurb432 (527695) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:27PM (#41866135) Homepage Journal

    Unfortunately this has been going on since the early days of personal computers. Take your PC in for repair, and often times the 'techs' would scour your drive ( or floppies ) looking for 'cool stuff'. 'Cool stuff" could be anything from hoping they find porn and be fairly harmless ( since back then it wasn't as 'free' ) or in more current times, far more malicious and they may search for your bank records or something to blackmail you with later..

    Lesson: Trust no one.

    • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Interesting)

      by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:41PM (#41866277)

      I woman I know took her PC in for work and found out they were directing her webcam video to their domain. Now, had she not been techie enough, she never would've known to look for that. Who knows what else they did with her computer?

      • by Nyder (754090)

        I woman I know took her PC in for work and found out they were directing her webcam video to their domain. Now, had she not been techie enough, she never would've known to look for that. Who knows what else they did with her computer?

        I've seen shows were people take their cars into shops to get repaired and the shops take sledgehammers to the car to drum up more sales.

        People are greedy and stupid. Always.

      • What's the name of the place? Those people were brought up on charges, right?

        • Re:Nothing new (Score:4, Interesting)

          by GodfatherofSoul (174979) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @05:52PM (#41867825)

          That was my suggestion, she blew it off. Drives me nuts when people drop these kids of issues. My GF had her phone stolen (probably by an employee) and just blew it off and never bothered to file a police report.

          • So, not only did they get of scot-free and potentially still have a backdoor into her system, but they're free to keep doing this to other people. And, since they were never brought up on charges, it's probably slander/libel to even tell someone to avoid the place! Because you know the type of person who'd spy on someone's webcam would have no hesitation in bringing charges against a victim who tried to spread the word.

            Actually, where's this lady live? Does she have a nice car? I guess I can just take it wi

      • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Interesting)

        by BeanThere (28381) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @05:24PM (#41867573)

        I had a female friend who accidentally shared naked photos (showing everything) of herself with me (and publicly) on Facebook. She was trying to create an account for only her boyfriend to see, but not being very computer-literate, screwed up the privacy settings and publicly exposed some obviously very private photos. I immediately just politely and discretely informed her that these photos were visible, and how to fix it. For my effort, she immediately decided I was some kind of creep, blocked me, and never spoke to me again. Cow. But at least I did the right thing, I think.

        • Re:Nothing new (Score:5, Insightful)

          by cyborg_zx (893396) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @10:10PM (#41869477)

          You did the right thing. Calling you a creep and blocking you is merely deflecting her own stupidity outwards so she doesn't have to deal with it.

    • Trust no one.
      I want to believe.
      Burma shave.

    • All the more reason to learn how to do your own PC repairs.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        Too bad everyone is trying to copy this company's "let's stop users from fixing things" strategy:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple [wikipedia.org]

        Oh sorry, I mean:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Inc [wikipedia.org].
      • This is why always tell my friends and gfs "If you do nothing else, before you give your rig (be it laptop, net book, or Dell dead weight tower special; yank your hard drive(s)." I know it can be a pain in older rigs, but seriously, there is little reason to hand over your drive. Unless its data recovery (rare), pull out that drive. Keep it in your desk drawer at home, run a rare earth magnet over it, burn it if its an ssd, but do not give anyone your drive. There is very little reason to include your drive
    • This has been going on since the early days of personal photography. When I worked for a film processor in the 70's our darkrooms were wallpapered with copies of the "party pics". When we moved the plant to a new location there were several large boxes of them. I think the boss's kid kept them.
      • by nurb432 (527695)

        Since this was about phones i kept it in the digital world, but yes, i know of lots of developers that would make copies of things for themselves.

    • by couchslug (175151)

      "Lesson: Trust no one."

      Lesson, remove your hard drive before repairs.

  • pics (Score:5, Funny)

    by eWarz (610883) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:28PM (#41866159) Homepage
    Pics or it didn't happen.
  • Protect your data (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    Stories like this shows up all the time. If it's not nude pictures, then it's the product ID for antivirus or something else. The only thing you really can do about it is to avoid giving access to anybody.

    Personally I had a computer which died and had to be fixed on warranty. I swapped the HD just in case and swapped back when it returned. The real problem is for people without the knowledge on how to do that, which would likely be the case for somebody paying for getting data transferred. Once in a while m

  • by sir-gold (949031) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @02:55PM (#41866387)

    My old roommate (who was very hot and used to dance at the strip clubs) took a bunch of nude pictures of herself with her Verizon blackberry. When her blackberry died she took out the card and sent the phone back for warranty replacement. When she got the replacement phone and put in the card she couldn't find any of her pictures or anything so she asked me for help.

    Turned out she had kept the (completely useless) vodaphone simcard, and left the sdcard full of pictures in the phone. So now some lucky Verizon warehouse tech has an sdcard full of her nudes.

    • by Nyder (754090)

      My old roommate (who was very hot and used to dance at the strip clubs) took a bunch of nude pictures of herself with her Verizon blackberry. When her blackberry died she took out the card and sent the phone back for warranty replacement. When she got the replacement phone and put in the card she couldn't find any of her pictures or anything so she asked me for help.

      Turned out she had kept the (completely useless) vodaphone simcard, and left the sdcard full of pictures in the phone. So now some lucky Verizon warehouse tech has an sdcard full of her nudes.

      I think I downloaded those pics from thepiratebay...

  • when she looses her phone ?

    • by p0p0 (1841106)
      Apparently it her was, not her phone being loose that was the problem.
      There is a reason we have to preview before we post comments.
  • So who's the narcissistic vulnerability pimp [theregister.co.uk] now, eh? Better change that red to purple.
    ...Yeah, you know it.
  • ...that Verizon doesn't screen their employees with an IQ test. :p
  • by tompaulco (629533)
    I visited Florida once and purchased a lottery ticket. The drawing was after I got home and it turned out I won $14. I read the directions on how to claim which said to send the ticket in. So I did. After about 10 weeks I got a response saying that they had determined my ticket was not a winning ticket. So I contributed $1 to Florida's education system, and some flunky at the Lottery headquarters got $14.
  • What do the anti-copyright "information wants to be free" people have to say about this case?
    • by green1 (322787)

      This doesn't need copyright rules to fix, and in fact it doesn't look like they've been charged with any copyright infringement, so doesn't look like copyright helped at all here.
      Get them under breach of trust or contract issues, get them under various hacking laws. When you have a dozen different laws you can apply to each situation, that says that you have a dozen less one too many laws that apply to that situation.

  • The customer (Score:5, Insightful)

    by jimshatt (1002452) on Saturday November 03, 2012 @04:36PM (#41867245)
    Funny thing nobody seems to mention. But the customer, the woman's (boy)friend must have taken up on the offer. Otherwise he couldn't have known it was her. Right?
    • by sribe (304414)

      Funny thing nobody seems to mention. But the customer, the woman's (boy)friend must have taken up on the offer. Otherwise he couldn't have known it was her. Right?

      Not necessarily. "Psst, hey buddy, see that hot chick over there? Wanna see her naked?"

      However, if you read the article, yes, he did look.

  • DRM/Walled gardens "protect" the user (yea right), but when it comes to protecting the users files it's useless, and somehow blameless: Nobody in this thread blames the phone manufacturer or Verizon for not locking down the software and protecting the user. We know it's hypocrisy to say DRM and walled gardens benefit the customer, but they still deserve the blame for events like this -- they want to control the device, they should get the blame.

  • by TheGoodNamesWereGone (1844118) on Sunday November 04, 2012 @01:19AM (#41870337)
    And the moral of the story is don't keep nude pics of yourself on your computer, and never, EVER send them to anyone else, because they WILL find their way onto the internet.

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