Trout sent to jail for 366 days after installing spyware

Graham Cluley

Tony Trout, a former council official in Greenville County, South Carolina, has been sentenced to one year and one day in jail after being found guilty of using spyware to read emails on a colleague’s computer.

According to prosecutors, Trout was arrested last October, after infecting PCs with the RemoteSpy program, which allowed him to break into two Yahoo email accounts used by Greenvile County Administrator Joe Kernell.

Trout, who is also the owner of Pro-Teck Security Services, a company which provides trained security personnel, placed information stolen from the compromised email accounts on his website, and shared the information with other councillors and legal officials.

Trout had…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.