Spyware Installed On Aaron’s Rental Computers, Court Documents Allege

PITTSBURGH (February 27, 2013)--Court documents from a class-action lawsuit against furniture rental company Aaron's Inc. allege that spyware installed on computers rented from the company secretly sent more than 185,000 emails back to the company, including some that included webcam images of naked children and people having sex.

The documents filed Wednesday in federal court in western Pennsylvania allege that 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 said the e-mails 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.

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