Suspected child porn user fooled by virus
MANILA, Philippines - A fake Federal Bureau of Investigation warning led a man to turn up at his local police station to pay a fine for child pornography. The catch? Police allegedly indeed found child pornography on the man's computer.
WJLA-TV reports that 21-year-old Jay Riley saw a pop-up warning telling him to pay a fine for child pornography. Riley went to his local police station in Prince William County, Virginia, to ask if there were actual child pornography charges against him, giving up his computer for examination.
The report noted that police allegedly found child pornography in the computer. They also found "inappropriate messages and photos, including from a 13-year-old Minnesota girl."
CNET adds that the actual pop-up was a type of ransomware known as Reveton. The Reveton ransomware appears like a warning from a law enforcement agency and makes claims that the computer was being used for illegal activities and a fine needed to be paid to unlock the computer.
Police searched Riley's home and took away more computers. Riley is now in jail and currently faces 3 charges of child pornography. - Rappler.com