Trevor Harwell, a 20-year-old California man, was arrested on Wednesday for accusations of planting spyware on dozens of computers to secretly photograph women in a state of undress, police said. He was taken into custody at his home in Fullerton,LA, where police found hundreds of thousands of pictures of people unknowingly photographed by their computers.
Harwell allegedly managed to obtain the pictures by planting a spyware program into the computers that he worked on as a technician for a local computer repair company. Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women. Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes,” Fullerton Police Spokesman Sgt. Andrew Goodrich said. Harwell then supposedly stored the photos on a remote server and eventually downloaded them to his own computer.
Police say they began to investigate Harwell after a Fullerton resident contacted authorities over a suspicious message on his daughter’s computer. The message mimicked a system error advising her of a problem with an “internal sensor” and advised: “If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor.”
Goodrich said many users who got a similar message took their laptops into the bathroom while they showered, where Harwell allegedly photographed them undressing or naked.
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