A PC repair technician has been charged with planting spyware on the machines of clients as part of a ruse designed to capture pictures of them in various states of undress. Trevor Harwell, 20, a former Mac specialist at Los Angeles-area home computer repair outfit Rezitech, allegedly surreptitiously planted a package called …
Ever since the movie 'Die Hard 4'
I've had this odd mental disability for disabling my LT webcams and placing a piece of electrical tape over them.
Call me crazy but I wonder sometimes.
What, those message weren't real? Damn that sick pervert. I feel violated.
hmm - this all seems very demonseed
I'm concerned that we may end up with a generation of horny macbooks out there impregnating californians.
Don't worry about it. The resulting offspring would be indistinguishable from ordinary Californians.
I don't understand
There are millions of pictures of naked ladies on the internet. Of all varieties. (Errr, so I've been told). Why go to so much trouble, and go to jail, for some blurry photos of unwitting victims?
Or it didn't happen.
Research purposes only, naturally.
Heh, I saw this on 4chan /g/ last night.
Someone had posted 'OK, which one of you was it'
All this lead-up
And no-one's yet come up with the comment of "dirty Mac brigade"? Shame on you, El Reg!
pics or it didn't happen
somebody had to.
I remember the story that.....
you could crack a car stereo code by putting it into a freezer. Sounds equally implausible. But everybody round here has heard the story.
Did it work?
I don't know as I don't work on stolen gear.
One story I can verify if you hang a creased suit in the bathroom and have a shower it does help the straighten it out.
Don't know about the car stereos...
...but I'm told baking broken graphics cards can bring them back to life.
on first gen eeproms as the sub zero temps would null out the cheapo eeprom - setting the passcode to all zeroes. Newer eeprom and storage tech means this trick now fails.
And yes I have seen it work - my company Astra stereo came without the passcode and
after the alarm had been fitted no stereo.... Asked a neighbour (mechanic) who popped the
stereo out of the DIN slot (I know the good old days) and froze it for a few hours then
let it warm up in the sun and popped it back in and entered 0 0 0 0 ... until it worked.
Take the heatsink and all other screwed or clipped on pieces off the card, put it on a baking tray covered with tinfoil and raised up with a few balls of tinfoil and put it in the over for 10 minutes at 200 degrees C. Let it cool for an hour, apply fresh thermal paste under the heatsink and reattach everything. The technique is called re-flow soldering and is essentially what the manufacturers do with cards under warranty anyway. It works on pretty much any recently manufactured circuit board so you could do the same with a laptop motherboard as well.
I can't help a sneaking respect for his (alleged) ingenuity
So it worked (allegedly)... it's despicable behaviour, but I'm really hoping I'm not the only reader who is just a bit impressed as well as appalled.
Impressed? By a window-licking creep?
That's just disgusting. But good on you for having the courage to admit it in public, I guess?
ever released. How could he thought he could get away with it?
What surprises me...
in these cases is how dumb the perps are. They install software that leads right back to them and they don't expect to get caught? Either that or the thrill they get out weighs whatever penalty they think they'll get.
their level of dumbness is only surpoassed by the dumbness of the users that actually did take the machine into the bathroom...
People should be required to have a computer license, just like you need a drivers license.
Why should they need a license? What should happen is that they should be laughed at and told to deal with it. Stupidity hurts and they get what they deserve.
What the cops should have done, had some fun with him. Find the ugliest people they could and have them disrobe for him.
Let's knock the "dumb" users who know sod all about IT. What do you do when your central heating goes tits up, your car breaks down or maybe your roof leaks. No doubt there are any number of plumbers, mechanics and roofers having a good old laugh at dumb users who can't fix such things. There are quite a few people who get taken in by cowboy tradesmen of various flavours charging for unnecessary repairs. I don't see why IT support personnel can't be included when the word cowboy is used.
Just a big misunderstanding
It turns out he just had a tea kettle fetish. If anybody misinterpreted the directions as a suggestion to take the laptop into the shower with them, that was purely incidental (and may void their warranty).
let me be the first to say ...
pics or it didn't happen
You weren't the first or even the second.
I, wait, no...blurg!
I cannot process this story. The monumental levels of stupid have shorted out my brain.
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