Child porn virus catches victim

Jay Riley asked the police for help.

A while back I wrote about a nasty Trojan virus called Citadel malware that can infect your computer and display a fake FBI message saying that your computer was used to view, download or store images of child pornography. (Don't open this dangerous post>>)

Here's evidence that the scam works.

A 21-year-old guy in Virginia named Jay Riley found the warning on his computer, so he walked into his local police station and asked them if he was wanted for child pornography.

They said no.

He said go ahead and look in my laptop, and he let them search.

The police searched and found child pornography on his computer.

The normal explanation for a story like this is that Mr. Riley is an idiot. Not only did he believe in the fake FBI message, but he stupidly went to the police and then let them search his computer where he had downloaded illegal images.

But there are other explanations, too.

Couldn't Mr. Riley have accidentally downloaded the images when he was looking for legal porn?

Or might it have been the malware itself that downloaded the images?

But there's more to the story.

After police found the illegal images on his computer, they searched Mr. Riley's home and confiscated all his electronic devices. That's because they also discovered Mr. Riley had been communicating inappropriately (and I suppose that means sexually) with young girls, one of whom was only thirteen years old.

Mr. Riley was arrested.

Man gets fake FBI child porn alert, arrested for child porn, C/NET>>

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