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An US firm which hires out computers, kept their customers with spyware under surveillance. Confidential banking data and passwords were spied out, users secretly filmed with the webcam. Spying programs installed on the hired computers sent extensive data material back to the servers of the firm. Read more:

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Inquisitive webcam: The hired computers spied on their users

An US firm which hires out computers, kept their customers with spyware under surveillance. Confidential banking data and passwords were spied out, users secretly filmed with the webcam. Now there is a joint charge.

An enterprise for computer hire in the USA must answer before court for spying out private data, the corresponding joint charge was lodged in California. Spying programs installed on the hired computers sent extensive data material back to the servers of the firm.

The captured data were quite extensive. Not enough with it that the snooping programs captured confidential data like social insurance numbers, passwords for email accounts and profiles with social networks, credit card information and bank data. The programs also collected webcam pictures, many of them with quite private content: among them naked children and people at sex.

In September the thing got busted when the American trade commission FTC (Federal Trade Commission) publicized the notebook acts of information. At that time several computer hirer got into the focus of the FTC, which had obtained data from more than 420,000 notebooks without permission. The snooping was only possible in a big stile through software with the name PC Rental Agent from the producer DesignerWare, which was installed on the computers of altogether 1600 hire purchase firms in the USA, Canada and Australia.

When the so-called detective modus was activated in the programs, even everything was recorded what happened before the webcam.

 

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