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Man Turned Himself In For Child Porn Because Malware Told Him to

By Ashley Feinberg on at

We're already well aware of the damage malware can do to your machine, but apparently, guilty consciences don't fare all that well, either. At least not for one 21-year-old man who, after getting a fake pop-up demanding a fine for the child pornography on his computer, decided to take his laptop straight to the police — and was then promptly arrested on three counts of possession of child pornography.

Normally, ransomware — the type of malware our technologically impaired friend fell victim to — will lock the infected computer and display a fake, official-looking warning that the computer will remain locked until a certain amount of money is paid (to the scammer). This man, however, apparently didn't want to make sure he was ponying up for no reason, so he decided to go to the police and inquire about any potential outstanding warrants with computer in tow. There were none, but as police are probably wont to do when someone nervously wanders in asking if he's been caught for child pornography, they decided to get themselves a search warrant.

On the actual computer, the police found both messages and photos with underage girls. The owner was also charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, one count of using a communication device to solicit certain offences involving children, and one count of indecent liberties with a minor. While he is currently being held without bail, other details in the case are fairly scant. So while he may in fact be a very dense, technologically illiterate pedophile who brought himself to justice, there's also the possibility he's an just innocent man with a very unfortunate child-porn-spewing ransomware problem. [The Verge]

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