Aaron's Rental spyware lawsuit: Company accused of installing software that sent emails, webcam pics

PITTSBURGH - Court documents in a class-action lawsuit against furniture rental company Aaron's Inc. allege spyware installed on rented computers secretly sent more than 185,000 emails back to the company, including some capturing webcam images of naked children and people having sex.

The documents filed Wednesday in federal court in western Pennsylvania say the Atlanta-based rental company hasn't informed at least 800 customers whom plaintiffs say were targeted by spyware made by a Pennsylvania company.

Attorneys for the rental customers say the emails sometimes contained pictures secretly taken by the computers' webcams or other sensitive information including Social Security numbers and customer keystrokes.

Aaron's said it was preparing a statement in response to the lawsuit that would be released later Wednesday.
 

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