Tuesday, November 10, 2009

A Virus That Uploads Child Pornography to Your Computer!?!

Virus' are bad news. They can steel your files, steel your information, and do other assorted nasty things to your PC. As bad as all that sounds, you would even preferred to get a virus that locks your files and forces you to pay for the password to get back access over one of these. This virus uploads child pornography to your computer. It is either as done as a prank, or as part of a larger scheme for people who actually view this type of material to keep it off of their computer but accessible to them. It is the digital equivalent of someone keeping there 'stash' (drugs) hidden in your home so they can come over to use, but if the cops find out you get in trouble. Truly nasty.


"Of all the sinister things that Internet viruses do, this might be the worst: They can make you an unsuspecting collector of child pornography.

Heinous pictures and videos can be deposited on computers by viruses — the malicious programs better known for swiping your credit card numbers. In this twist, it's your reputation that's stolen.

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.
Their situations are complicated by the fact that actual pedophiles often blame viruses — a defense rightfully viewed with skepticism by law enforcement.

"It's an example of the old `dog ate my homework' excuse," says Phil Malone, director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet & Society. "The problem is, sometimes the dog does eat your homework."

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