Sober worm persuades child porn offender to turn himself in to police
A media report by Reuters has revealed that a child porn offender has turned himself in to the authorities after mistaking an email sent by a computer worm as an official warning that he was being investigated.
The 20-year-old German man, who has not been named, mistook a message sent by the prevalent Sober-Z worm which claimed he was being investigated by Germany's Federal Crime Office (known as the BKA) for visting illegal websites. Police at the city of Paderborn charged the man after finding pornographic pictures of children on his computer.
"We're used to explaining to people that there's no such thing as a good virus, but in this case it appears that the Sober-Z worm has accidentally scared an internet paedophile into contacting the police." said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "If he had been scanning his email for viruses he would never have received the message from the Sober worm. If jailed he'll have plenty of time to reflect on whether he should have believed everything that was sent to him via email." Sober worm persuades child porn offender to turn himself in to police
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