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Rental laptops equipped with spyware that can covertly activate the webcam and take screenshots

• Boing Boing
A furniture rental chain called Aaron's Inc. is being sued for allegedly installing hardware- and software-based spyware on the laptops it rented, and using them to log keystrokes, take covert webcam photos and screenshots, and transmit them to the company's offices. The suit was brought by Brian and Crystal Byrd, whose payments for their rented laptop were allegedly pocketed by a corrupt employee; the employee's manager believed that they were in arrears on their laptop payments, so he came to their home to repossess the machine, and stressed the seriousness of his claim by showing them photos of the couple that had been covertly snapped with the machine's webcam. 

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