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June 09, 2011

Important Computer Spyware News

This thread is for ladies only. Men, scroll down to the next thread, thanks.

Okay girls, now that we're alone, there is something, like, Super Important we all should know about our laptop computers.

First; modern laptops have little cameras in them.

Second; if your laptop computer tells you to bring it someplace warm and steamy, or if it tells you to arch your back and lather more vigorously in the shower, OMG TOTALLY DON'T.

The software sent fake error messages telling users to “fix their internal sensor soon,” and “try putting your laptop near hot steam for several minutes to clean the sensor,” Goodrich said.

The error message prompted some victims to take their laptops into the bathroom with them when they showered, he said.

“Once he had access, he would take photographs of the users, usually women,” Goodrich said. “Often, the female victims were undressed or changing clothes. Harwell then stored the photos on a remote server, and eventually downloaded them on his own computer.”

Honestly. Honestly, ladies! It's hard to believe some of you were gulled into this one.

A computer does not have sensors that require a change of ambience. Occasionally there will be emergency or error messages, but generally the only ones you should respond to have to do with security.

For example, in order to login every day, my laptop requires I prove my identity by performing the standard nipple scan. The guys at the computer store said it was the best and safest secure login technique, and I believe them. That stupid scan lasts MINUTES.

The jumping-jacks and pinching seem excessive, but security is very important to me. If I lost my cache of cute cat pictures I WOULD DIE.

Stay safe, girls.

Much thanks for this great computer safety tip from Skinbad, AOSHQ's longtime Utah Stringer.


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