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Thursday, May 24, 2001

Viruses? Feh! Fear the Trojan:
Wondkar had a Trojan on her computer for seven months. Planted on her system by an ex-boyfriend, the Trojan allowed him to watch Jessica on her webcam and sabotage her business by sending e-mails under her name and intercepting her client's e-mails.

She sent her computer for repairs three times, but the display would still occasionally flash on and off, the contents of her screen sometimes flipped upside down, her CD drive often popped open and she sometimes turned on her machine and found that her desktop wallpaper had been changed.

And then Wondkar's computer started talking to her.

"It would tell me what I was wearing or doing. Sometimes it would act sexy, or sometimes it would threaten me. I cannot even explain how terrifying it was."

Wondkar later learned that her ex-boyfriend was remotely accessing the text-to-speech application on her machine, which allowed him to type in things that the computer would then "speak" to Wondkar.

"He used information from the webcam and e-mails to really spook me, to make it seem almost like there was someone in my house with me," Wondkar said.
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