Framed for child porn by computer virus
S P Arif Sahari Wibowo
arifsaha-/E1597aS9LQAvxtiuMwx3w at public.gmane.org
Tue Nov 10 17:11:13 UTC 2009
Computer virus / trojan horses may download / access child porn,
leave you with the blame and jail time.
------ http://www.arifsaha.com/ forwarded messages ------
> AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn _ by a PC virus
> Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this
> might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting
> collector of child pornography.
> Pedophiles can exploit virus-infected PCs to remotely store
> and view their stash without fear they'll get caught.
> Pranksters or someone trying to frame you can tap viruses to
> make it appear that you surf illegal Web sites.
> Whatever the motivation, you get child porn on your computer —
> and might not realize it until police knock at your door.
> An Associated Press investigation found cases in which
> innocent people have been branded as pedophiles after their
> co-workers or loved ones stumbled upon child porn placed on a
> PC through a virus.
> Fiola was fired and charged with possession of child
> pornography, which carries up to five years in prison. He
> endured death threats, his car tires were slashed and he was
> shunned by friends.
> Fiola and his wife fought the case, spending $250,000 on legal
> fees. They liquidated their savings, took a second mortgage
> and sold their car.
> An inspection for his defense revealed the laptop was severely
> infected. It was programmed to visit as many as 40 child porn
> sites per minute — an inhuman feat. While Fiola and his wife
> were out to dinner one night, someone logged on to the
> computer and porn flowed in for an hour and a half.
> The Fiolas say they have health problems from the stress of
> the case. They say they've talked to dozens of lawyers but
> can't get one to sue the state, because of a cap on the amount
> they can recover.
> "It ruined my life, my wife's life and my family's life," he
> In one case, an infected e-mail or pop-up ad poisoned a
> defense contractor's PC and downloaded the offensive pictures.
> In the other, a virus changed the home page on a man's Web
> browser to display child porn, a discovery made by his
> 7-year-old daughter. The man spent more than a week in jail
> and three months in a halfway house, and lost custody of his
> the manager had visited a site for pirated software. It
> redirected visitors to child porn sites if they were inactive
> for a certain period.
> a computer was so "extensively infected" that it would be
> "virtually impossible" to prove what an indictment alleged:
> that a 16-year-old who used the PC had uploaded child
> pornography to a Yahoo group.
> Loehrs testified that Solon's antivirus software wasn't
> working properly and appeared to have shut off for long
> stretches, a sign of an infection. She found no evidence the
> five child porn videos on Solon's computer had been viewed or
> downloaded fully. The porn was in a folder the file-sharing
> program labeled as "incomplete" because the downloads were
> canceled or generated an error.
> This defense was curtailed, however, when Loehrs ended her
> investigation in a dispute with the judge over her fees.
> "Computers are not to be trusted," says Jeremiah Grossman,
> founder of WhiteHat Security Inc. He describes it as
> "painfully simple" to get a computer to download something the
> owner doesn't want — whether it's a program that displays ads
> or one that stores illegal pictures.
> A Misconfigured Laptop, a Wrecked Life
> I was just paralyzed, I couldn't do anything. I can't describe
> the feeling to you. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy.
> It's just devastating.
> If you get in a car accident and you kill somebody, people
> talk to you afterwards. All our friends abandoned us. The only
> family that stood by us was my dad, her parents, my
> stepdaughter and one other good friend of ours. And that was
> it. Nobody called. We spent many weekends at home just crying.
> I'm 53 years old and I don't think I've cried as much in my
> whole life as I did in the past 18 months.
> It was either a rogue hack ... or after my computer was
> stolen, [the new computer] might have been loaded with the
> stuff, ready to go. I'm not accusing anybody, but if it was
> someone in the IT department who was doing this, [maybe they]
> never had a chance to take it off of there.
> I will never go to work for them again. I would not work for a
> company that would not protect its employees. I feel they
> didn't protect me.
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