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Some computer repair shops are illegally accessing personal data on customers' hard drives - and even trying to hack their bank accounts, a Sky News investigation has found.
In one case, passwords, log-in details and holiday photographs were all copied onto a portable memory stick by a technician.
In other shops, customers were charged for non-existent work and simple faults were misdiagnosed.
Originally posted by Ulala
Must be a very slow day if three nosey geeks leering over some bikini photos is even remotely newsworthy.
Originally posted by drwizardphd
People, learn to fix your own computers. If it's a software problem, you can learn to fix it yourself in 20 minutes thanks to google. If its a hardware problem, you will likely need to buy an entirely new laptop anyway, as most laptops have unique parts that are difficult to replace if they break.
Do not trust these people, even if they don't steal your information, they are likely going to charge a small fortune for a few minutes' worth of work
The investigation was carried out using surveillance software loaded onto a brand-new laptop. It operated without the user being aware that every event that took place on the computer was being logged.
All activity on the screen was captured in still images, and the identity of whoever was using the computer was recorded using the laptop's built-in camera.