Software spies on spouses

A software company called Lover Spy is now offering a way for jealous lovers to monitor the computer activity of their mates by sending electronic greetings that double as bugging devices.

Touted as a way to “catch a cheating lover,” Lover Spy e-mails a greeting card to lure the victim

to a Web site that will download a spying program similar to a Trojan virus.

The software, sold for US$89 for up to five computers, purports to record anything the victim does on the computer, including all keystrokes, passwords, e-mail, chats and screen shots. It even claims to be able to turn on the victim’s Web camera.

The program then discreetly sends information to the Lover Spy server, which then forwards it to whoever paid for the software, maintaining their anonymity, according to the company Web site (www.lover-spy.com).

So, instead of confronting a cheating partner with lipstick marks or misplaced undergarments, today’s snooping lover can display an itemized printout. Not a lot of wiggle room there…

According to news reports, computer security experts say the Lover Spy service and software appear to violate U.S. law, and that the surveillance program points to an increasingly common way for hackers to seize control of computers.

Just when you thought it sounded too good (or too weird) to be true.

All Segway scooters, touted as an invention that would revolutionize transportation, have been recalled for a software upgrade because of a power problem, the company and U.S. safety regulators say.

Segway has apparently received three reports of riders falling off its single-person “Human Transporters” because of the power issue, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and the company said in a joint statement. The recall covers all of the approximately 6,000 machines sold.

The transporter, which took over a decade for inventor Dean Kamen to develop, enjoyed more than two years of hype – often being referred to as “Ginger” or “It” – before it went on sale on Amazon.com in March for US$4,950.

Now, if only we could download software to repair that rusting Chevy on the neighbour’s lawn.

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