So these rent-to-own businesses were using the computers rented to their customers to spy on the customers. See the FTC notice of settlement here. Not just the webcam, as was the case in situations we discussed earlier. In this case we also have keystroke logging.
We recently talked about this people problem being lost in the discussion of the NSA thing. Perhaps people don’t focus on it because it’s easier to focus on institutions rather than individuals. But we can’t let it go at that.
At some point this type of thing has to end in some serious jail time.