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A cyberstalking computer science student who tricked women into taking computers with hacked webcams into steamy shower rooms has been jailed for 12 months. Trevor Timothy Harwell, 21, of Fullerton in California, will be forced to spend five years on probation following his release and ordered to complete a sex offender …

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  1. Bill Neal
    Devil

    ...following his release

    indeed

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      They fell for it?

      Did they really fall for it?

      Bimbo tech!

      1. Yet Another Anonymous coward Silver badge

        Re: They fell for it?

        I'm beginning to think the deer tick inspector who just visited and had me run around outside naked to dislodge - might not have been genuine !

  2. Aaron Em

    Well

    I'm sure this will help him get laid!

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Well

      Sure it will...

      "Trevor, this is your cell mate Bubba. Bubba, this is your new plaything - enjoy."

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        1. turnip handler
          FAIL

          Re: Well

          "The US is the only country where more men are raped than women because of assaults in American jails: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2012/feb/21/us-more-men-raped-than-women"

          Actually the article disagrees with that conclusion, although it admits it is an open question:

          "And I don't think it's possible to conclude from these numbers that the US is 'the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.'"

          1. Anonymous Coward
            Anonymous Coward

            Re: Well

            "And I don't think it's possible to conclude from these numbers that the US is 'the first country in the history of the world to count more rapes for men than for women.'"

            Never heard about Lawrence of Arabia and the grand tradition of queued buggering, apparently.

            1. The Indomitable Gall

              @AC

              "Never heard about Lawrence of Arabia and the grand tradition of queued buggering, apparently."

              ...!!!

              That sounds like a NSFW websearch if ever I saw one...!

          2. wayward4now
            Boffin

            Re: Well

            I find that puzzling as there are plenty of men who will masquarade as "she-males" in prison in exchange for canteen items and money, where allowed. There will too many willing to be used, so risking a rape charge and adding more time to an active sentence would be pure crazy. I did 5 years in a state prison and never saw or heard of anyone being raped. Of course when there is no hope of getting out, like in max custody. it wouldn't be so easy to do time.

        2. Aaron Em

          Oh dear

          Those reading that Comment is Free piece might appreciate knowing that its author is the same person who, last year around this time, argued that men who aren't into cunnilingus, with rare exception, prima facie hate women.

          That aside, the CiF piece doesn't say what Matt says it does about the relative prevalence of sexual assault against men vs. women. On the other hand, the CiF piece is quite tendentious in its own right; for example, the BoJ page states that female inmates are twice as likely to report being assaulted by another inmate, but by Ms. Filipovic that means female inmates are twice as likely to be assaulted by another inmate. And, as usual, underreporting is a serious, serious problem when it comes to taking stats for assault against women at face value, but the question of whether men under-report, and by how much, doesn't even get a look in.

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Bubba

        Word of advice, Trevor old son, don't drop the soap in /that/ shower. Oh the irony...

        1. Scorchio!!
          Devil

          Re: Bubba

          "Word of advice, Trevor old son, don't drop the soap in /that/ shower. Oh the irony..."

          "Trevor, when you pick up the soap look into the web cam and say cheese." (Ugh)

    2. Version 1.0 Silver badge

      Re: Well

      A far better punishment would have been to stick him naked in the steam room for a month with the web cams turned on and streaming.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What OS did he use?

    ... Steamy Windows.

    1. dogged
      Coat

      Re: What OS did he use?

      Dirty Mac OSX, to judge from the article.

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    "met his six identified victims through friends and *his church*"

    Oy vey!

    1. zanto
      Devil

      Re: "met his six identified victims through friends and *his church*"

      Could be Scientology. Just sayin..

    2. Armando 123
      Coat

      Re: "met his six identified victims through friends and *his church*"

      Can't be Catholic; he stalked women.

      [Oh, right, *I'm* the bad guy here.]

      1. kain preacher Silver badge

        Re: "met his six identified victims through friends and *his church*"

        No no he can be catholic, he is not a priest.

  5. auburnman
    Windows

    People still take computers in for repairs? I thought we had completely divided into the "able to fix it without help" and the "chuck it in the bin and buy a new one" groups.

    1. Andus McCoatover
      Windows

      Imagine if....

      Gary Glitter had simply chucked his.

      Or if the News of the World had chucked theirs...

      Different history, I think....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: Imagine if....

        Oh yeah, PC World, Cribbs Causeway, Bristol.

        Some time later, in Horfield Prison, Bristol:

        "If you want to be in my gang, my gang, my gang... "

        1. Scorchio!!

          Re: Imagine if....

          "Some time later, in Horfield Prison, Bristol:

          "If you want to be in my gang, my gang, my gang... " "

          and "I'm the man who put the bang in gang". I realise how naive I must have seemed, singing along with this stuff with my choirboy treble. Sheeeit.

    2. JohnG

      "People still take computers in for repairs?"

      Bear in mind that "repairs" could include repairing things like "My browser has disappeared" when the user accidentally moved the corresponding desktop icon into another folder or "I can only see my old emails" when the user clicked on the date/time column header to reorder the inbox.

  6. Lord Voldemortgage
    Big Brother

    This is why

    I always wear a David Cameron mask at all times when using any camera-equipped computer.

    Try getting any "subsequent sexual gratification" from that pervboy.

    1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
      Devil

      Re: This is why

      I don't know about that. My extensive collection of artistic shots of Anne Widdecombe goes down very well indeed, amongst certain sections of the community. Please check it out yourself at www.widdeporn.com, if you don't believe me...

      I'm thinking of branching out into Eric Pickles next, now that John Prescott's a bit past it...

      1. Peter Storm

        Re: This is why

        Pass the mind bleach!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: mind bleach

          Friday's tomorrow.

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: This is why

          @Peter Storm: "Pass the mind bleach!"

          Oy! What's wrong with that image???!!

      2. LinkOfHyrule
        Happy

        Re: This is why

        Someone else mentioned "her" in relation to porn last week on here too - was that you too?

        I have the number of a really good therapist ;o) It's okay, I am here for you, I aint judging you.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: This is why

          Hey, just remember Anne Widdiecombe is only a couple of years older than Pamela Stephenson.

          Think on that.

      3. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: This is why

        "I'm thinking of branching out into Eric Pickles "

        That, surely, is very ill-advised?

      4. kain preacher Silver badge

        Re: This is why

        Personal I prefer my Photo shopped collection of Janet Reno making out with Madeleine Albright. I tried to add thatcher but my PC kept on restarting for some strange reason.

      5. tony2heads

        Re: This is why

        Rule 34

        http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=rule%2034

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: This is why

      I have.

      I did.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    pics or it didn't happen

    But seriously I can't believe they fell for that.

    I'm paranoid enough that I unplug my webcam every night just in case. And I'm a guy. The least they could have done is aimed it away from the actual shower.

    1. Alpha Tony

      @ I can't believe they fell for that

      'Harwell was able to install "CamCapture" spyware onto victims' computers in the first place because he worked part time as a computer repairman, SPECIALISING IN FIXING MACS'

      I believe it.

    2. Uplink

      Re: pics or it didn't happen

      Can't unplug a built-in webcam. You can however put the laptop lid down so all the pictures that someone might capture are black.

      But why oh why would you have your computer powered up in the shower? Even if the steam would "clean your sensor", that wouldn't require the computer to be on, would it? Think electricity and water, if anything...

      1. Aaron Em

        Re: pics or it didn't happen

        Talk of giving IT people a bad name! I hope none of y'all are on the helpdesk anywhere, because this whole "I understand how it works perfectly, what the hell's wrong with you?" attitude is exactly what puts people off.

        Would you take that kind of nonsense from your mechanic? No! Normal people shouldn't have to know what a serpentine belt is; that's what a mechanic is for. Most people think of computers in exactly the same way, and they have every right to do so, not least because it is that very perspective which justifies your existence as an IT professional. You may think you're so much smarter than everyone else that it doesn't matter what they think of you or your attitude, but you're wrong, and you ignore this fact at your peril.

        (Well, I say 'professional' -- not seeing a lot of evidence of that here, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.)

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: pics or it didn't happen @Aaron Em

          I see a lot of people who look on those who don't share their hobby or profession with contempt, but the post you are replying to is not an example of that, IMHO. There are things a mechanic could tell someone that would be obvious bollocks, even if the person has no knowledge of cars. I don't have to be a vet to know not to listen to advice from someone who tells me that cats like being kicked in the head. Not again, anyway.

          1. Aaron Em

            Re: pics or it didn't happen @Aaron Em

            Arrant hyperbole. You don't need any particular domain knowledge to understand the basic operating principles of a cat.

            1. ian 22

              Re: pics or it didn't happen @Aaron Em

              Cats have no operating principles. They are sodding bonkers and totally unpredictable.

              If you imagine you understand them, well....

            2. tony2heads
              Trollface

              Re: Cat operating system

              http://icanhascheezburger.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/9128cc78-b433-46e4-94e0-6d461accf183.jpg

        2. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: pics or it didn't happen

          "Talk of giving IT people a bad name! I hope none of y'all are on the helpdesk anywhere, because this whole "I understand how it works perfectly, what the hell's wrong with you?" attitude is exactly what puts people off.

          Would you take that kind of nonsense from your mechanic? No! Normal people shouldn't have to know what a serpentine belt is; that's what a mechanic is for. Most people think of computers in exactly the same way, and they have every right to do so, not least because it is that very perspective which justifies your existence as an IT professional. You may think you're so much smarter than everyone else that it doesn't matter what they think of you or your attitude, but you're wrong, and you ignore this fact at your peril.

          (Well, I say 'professional' -- not seeing a lot of evidence of that here, but I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.)"

          I know mechanics, computers, electronics, plumbing, engineering, cooking, building and many other things. I like to think that does give me a right to a smug me know better attitude. I don't do it though.

          1. Aaron Em

            Really no need to copy-paste the entire comment

            Depends. I consider that smugness is only really warranted when dealing with someone who is a) incompetent at everything and b) ignorantly arrogant regardless -- which happens surprisingly often in my experience, presumably because there's a degree of incompetence below which one is not even competent to recognize one's own level of haplessness -- but even then it rarely turns out useful.

        3. Lamont Cranston

          @ Aaron Em

          If I took my car to the mechanic, and he advised that I could best fix it by, say, making sure I washed it when I was naked, I might not be too keen to take his advice.

          None of these women deserved to have their privacy invaded by the pervert in question, but a little common sense (or paying attention at school) might have saved them a lot of trouble.

          1. Rob
            Coat

            Re: @ Aaron Em

            See I'm confused now, I took my Cat to the Mechanic and he told me to 'eff off, my cat was equally unimpressed and tried to remove my face using all of it's claws.

            I don't trust the advice in this forum anymore.

        4. vic 4

          Re: Would you take that kind of nonsense from your mechanic?

          How do you think they refer to their clients when they are not there? Say in th epub on some car related forum.

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