Sunday, June 12, 2011


Fullerton, CA (SafeCITY) - Trevor Harwell, a 20-year-old computer technician was jailed after he allegedly photographed women undressing and showering by turning their laptop computers into peep show devices.

According to Fullerton police, an investigation was launched after detectives received a complaint from a customer stating that a suspicious message kept popping up on his daughter's Macintosh computer.

"Try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean sensor," stated the message.

Investigators later learned that Harwell, a technician for Rezitech Inc., allegedly installed software on dozens of laptop computers which allowed him to control the computers' webcam.

The software would allow Harwell to remotely activate the camera, take photographs and then upload the image to a server where Harwell could then retrieve the images.

Harwell then activated software on the victim's computer which would pop up a message - cloaked as a Mac OS X system message - stating that the computer's internal sensor needed repair.

The message then recommended placing the computer in a steam environment to help clean the sensor. Victims reportedly bit on the suggestion, dragging their laptops into the bathroom while they undressed and then showered.

Harwell's actions quickly unraveled when investigators searched his computers and found thousands of images that showed women in various states of undress.

Investigators say that Harwell was formerly a student at Biola University and that many of his identified victims were also students from the school.

Harwell was booked into jail on 12 felony counts of computer access and fraud. He was released after posting a $50,000 bond.

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