Child porn on your desktop? Don’t take your virus-infected PC in for repair

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

If you have a collection of illegal pornographic pictures of children on your virus-infected laptop, my advice would be (other than seek psychiatric help) not to take your computer in for repair.

Meet 46-year-old Daniel J Wagner, of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, who – annoyed by a virus on his laptop – brought it into his local Best Buy store to be fixed.

According to local media reports, technicians at the store are said to have discovered child abuse images on the computer and turned it over to police.

It was extraordinary enough to me that someone who had this kind of content on their computer would go to a store to have it repaired, but take a look at this part of the report which explains exactly how the Best Buy technicians noticed something was amiss:

A technician assigned to repair the computer found a child pornographic image on its desktop background, and attempted to replace the pornographic desktop photo because he was working in a public area of the store.

The technician then found more pornographic photos in the computer’s “My Pictures” folder and notified his manager, who called police…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.