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Spyware images and emails sent to Aaron's computers

By JOE MANDAK
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Attorneys in a class-action lawsuit say the Atlanta-based furniture rental company, Aaron's Inc., hasn't notified at least 800 customers allegedly targeted by Pennsylvania-made spyware installed on the company's rental computers.

In new documents filed Wednesday, the attorneys say that spyware created by North East, Pa.'s DesignerWare was used to send 185,000 emails from computers rented by its customers to Aaron's corporate computers.

Attorneys for the rental customers say those emails sometimes contained attachments of pictures secretly taken by the rental computers' web cams or other sensitive information. Among other things, the emailed attachments included webcam images of naked children and people having sex, but also included other sensitive information as Social Security numbers and customer keystrokes.

Attorneys for the defendants and an Aaron's corporate spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

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