Mac Technician Busted for Webcam Peeping
A California computer technician was arrested for allegedly installing spyware on his female customers' computers, tricking them into bringing their computers into the bathroom, and then secretly photographing them undressing and showering.
While working at the Orange County-based IT firm Rezitech Inc., Trevor Harwell, 20, allegedly planted software called "Camcapture" on dozens of adult females' Mac computers he was charged with fixing, the Orange County Register reported.
From there, Harwell's scheme moved full steam ahead.
According to Fullerton police Sgt. Andrew Goodrich, Harwell is accused of rigging the computers to display a message telling them they need to "fix their internal sensor soon." In order to do this, the message instructed victims to "try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor."
Taking the bait, investigators say a number of women brought their Mac laptops into the shower, providing Harwell with a perfect opportunity to remotely take nude photos of them. Police seized hundreds of thousands of still photos from Harwell's computer, Goodrich told the OC Register.
Fullerton police arrested Harwell yesterday (June 8). He is facing 12 felony counts of computer access and fraud.
Police believe Harwell may have carried out a similar spying scheme on Mac computers connected to Biola University, the La Mirada-based private Christian college he and many of his victims attended.