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[ISN] Misdirected spyware infects Ohio hospital


By Robert McMillan 
IDG News Service
18 September, 2009

It was a bad idea from the start, but even as bad ideas go, this one 
went horribly wrong.

A 38-year-old Avon Lake, Ohio, man is set to plead guilty to federal 
charges after spyware he allegedly meant to install on the computer of a 
woman he'd had a relationship with ended up infecting computers at Akron 
Children's Hospital.

In late February 2008, Scott Graham shelled out US$115 for a spyware 
program called SpyAgent and sent it to the woman, according to a plea 
agreement filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northeastern District 
of Ohio.

He allegedly sent the spyware to the woman's Yahoo e-mail address, 
hoping that it would give him a way to monitor what she was doing on her 
PC. But instead, she opened the spyware on a computer in the hospital's 
pediatric cardiac surgery department, creating a regulatory nightmare 
for the hospital.


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