PITTSBURGH (AP) -
A class action lawsuit against Aaron's, a furniture rental
company, says that spyware was installed on rented computers and
secretly sent more than 185,000 emails back to the company.
Some of those emails included pictures secretly taken of naked children and some people in intimate moments.
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 says it disagrees with the claims in the lawsuit and will
defend the case vigorously. The company also says that certain
independent franchisees used the spyware, not stores operated by