AP IMPACT: Framed for child porn — by a PC virus

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. It can cost victims hundreds of thousands of dollars to prove their innocence.

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."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Planting child porn on a victim's computer has become a favorite trick of political operatives to destroy opponents.

One pro-Israel hacker up in Canada was breaking into the computers of Israel critics and planting child porn on them, then reporting them anonymously, but last I heard this backfired and the hacker got arrested, and the Canadians take child porn VERY seriously!

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