Laptop Spying: Rental Company Sued Over Alleged Webcam Spying

A furniture and electronics rental company accused of using rented laptops to spy on customers in their own homes has already been hit with a lawsuit, and a computer privacy expert said he wouldn't be surprised if the allegations now catch the FBI's attention.

A Wyoming couple on Tuesday filed a lawsuit seeking class action status with a district court in Pennsylvania, citing the Federal Wiretap Act and alleging that Aaron's Inc., an Atlanta-based national rent-to-own chain, secretly spied on them with a laptop rented from a local franchise.

In the suit, Brian and Crystal Byrd claim that, without their knowledge, a computer rented from Aaron's was equipped with software capabl