Undercover video reveals Secretary of State’s laptop infected by malware

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

New Mexico Secretary of State Mary Herrera has found herself making computer security headlines for all the wrong reasons after her laptop was found infested with malware, and one of her own staff then made an undercover video (which he released to the media) attempting to remove the infection, and emphasising the pornographic nature of some of the desktop links he allegedly found.

In the video, you can hear a voice referring to shortcut links on the computer’s desktop to “PornTube” and “Nudetube”, and the report suggests that the Secretary of State’s PC was infected by a fake anti-virus attack.

Deputy Secretary of State Francisco Trujillo, leapt to his boss’s defence, saying that the IT department had not installed anti-virus software on the laptop.

Office administrator Manny Vildasol…

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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.

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