Take note, Anthony Weiner. Pervs are getting higher and higher tech these days.

When it comes to sex, nerds can now program their way into your bedroom, it seems.

SoCal police allege that 20-year-old Trevor Harwell is a computer technician and former Biola University student who installed spyware on female victims' computers that helped him control their webcams and take “hundreds of thousands” of images of them in compromising positions.

The suspect, who was arrested today in Fullerton, sent his clients system-like messages that prompted them to shower in front of their computers, cops claim.

Cops say there were “dozens” of victims from O.C. to L.A., many of them college students, some fellow attendees of Biola. Though he used a program called Camcapture, Harwell also plugged into the Biola computer network to do his thing, authorities alleged.

Sgt. Andrew Goodrich says Harwell worked for a company, Rezitech, Inc., that fixed home Apple computers.

The sarge:

While he had physical access to the computers, he would install a spy ware-type application that allowed him remote access to the user's computer and webcam. Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women. Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes. Harwell then stored the photos on a remote server, and eventually downloaded them to his own computer.

The scam was discovered when the father of one of the victims came forward because he was suspicious of some of the computer system messages she received.

Authorities alleged Harwell would remotely send directives to the clients, disguised as system alerts, that stated:

You should fix your internal sensor soon. If unsure what to do, try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor.

Some of the victims took their laptops into the bathrooms with them during showers, cops say.

Anyone who thinks Harwell might have been watching can search their Macs for Camcapture and uninstall it. They should also call Fullerton Police Detective Kathryn Hamel at 714-738-5327.


LA Weekly