Beware! A PC virus can frame you for Child porn

This might be the worst of all the criminal things on the internet that the internet viruses do. They can just make you land as a victim accused of the child pornography. It can simply ruin people’s reputation, charging them with legal bills and if convicted, can land them in prison for life perhaps, if registered as sex offenders.

The malicious programs or also called viruses–better known for swiping your credit card numbers can simply steal your reputation and ruin your life with heinous pictures and videos that can be put onto your PCs by them.

The Associated Press outlined a recent case that has raised concerns over computer viruses being used to plant child pornography on people’s computers. But according to experts, it would not cause much harm to the innocent ones.

The AP investigation revealed one such case of Mr.Michael Fiola, a former investigator with the Massachusetts agency whose state-owned computer was found to have illegal child pornography pictures. He was fired, charged with the accusation with which if he had been convicted, it could have landed him in prison for up to 5 years, the AP said.

Although, Mr.Fiola avoided the conviction but he reportedly had faced indignities, disrespect, death threats and abandonment by friends and relatives. But they fought the case that incurred about $250,000 on legal fees. They had to liquidate their savings and sell off their car.

The investigation revealed that the laptop was infected by a virus that was programmed to visit as many as 40 child porn sites per minute that is impossible to be done by human even if he/she tried. The reports also indicated that the anti virus on Mr.Fiola’s PC was outdated and could not save him against malware.

Therefore, the investigation also looked for some more cases in this regard in which innocent people are termed as pedophiles after their closed ones or some other people stumble upon child porn placed on a PC through virus.

According to security experts, legal scholars and former prosecutors, it is indeed possible for a malware to plant child pornography, or any other file, on an innocent person’s PC, but being possible does not equate to being likely. As according to the forensic experts, the intention can be detected. The investigators can usually make out if an image was intentionally downloaded, based on other activity that took place on the computer at that time.

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