One thing I'm scared of is my laptop or my phone breaking. Not because it's broken, but because I know I'll likely have to send it off...and all my personal data along with it. I know it's illegal for a computer technician/repair center to look through your data but obviously people are curious. And it does happen.
Trevor Harwell, a 20-year-old computer repairman, is a pathetic, sick and malicious pervert. Instead of fixing computers, he installed software on women's computer that would allow him to take pictures of them while they were showering and undressing.
The software he installed would pop up a fake error message that told the user to try and "fix their internal sensor soon," and "try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor." Upon seeing such messages, the women would bring the computer into the bathroom with them as they undressed and showered. Harwell would then fire off a bunch of pictures to capture them naked. Just a total disregard for human decency.
Police have seized hundreds of pictures and videos from Harwell's computer and Harwell is currently out on $50,000 bond.
Now ok, you have to be pretty stupid to believe your computer has a "sensor" that needs to be placed near hot steam for several minutes. Steam is water. Water + Laptop = bad. Obviously, some people are completely computer illiterate and will fall for anything though. Still, doesn't mean they should be subjected to this kind of thing.
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