More Accidental Kiddie Porn

During the course of the trial, the specific term “Browser Hijack” was never considered by our defense team and I did no research on it. The closest I had ever come was when Alexa hijacked my search bar and it took me awhile to get it back to Google but I really had no experience with all the nasty stuff a browser hijack can do.

Globally, there have been cases of people tried for kiddie porn and apparently porn browsers are another accidental way to get kiddie porn that could be as big as US Government Honeypots. The About.com article on Browser Hijacking identifies the capabilities of Surfbar to include changing the home page, adding hundreds of porn page shortcuts to the favorites and desktop and adding a tool bar which adds dozens more. Of course the item which drives most of these sites are profit, but if you don’t give them a dime they are not above dumping illegal crap on your computer.

In an excellent commentary at a geek forum on homepage hijacking by a porn site, master geek, Raybay states “We are talking about malware here….There is no reason to get into definitions” which “allows the hotshot virus people such as McAfee and Norton to limit what they protect you against.” he goes on to say that the most popular protection for malware, Adaware and SpyBot, do not work on the top 9 infestations and of the 83 different spyware programs, 1/3 are actually vehicles to infect your machine with more garbage. As reported by the BBC and from an occasional CERT warning, even completely updated and virus protected machines are vulnerable to Browser Hijacks.

According to Raybay, he “sees many infesrations every week on people who do nothing more than Geneology, History, Current Events…and huge amounts from people who Download music…” His belief is that malware writers download porn so people who feel guilty will purchase more of their fake porn removal tools.

A scathing review of NetBrowserPro by Chris Boyd, Director of Malware Research for spywareguide.com, points out how deceptive these pitches for protection can be. In any given year, Internet Explore is open to attack about 2/3 of the time and even the alternate browser Firefox is vulnerable the equivalent of a couple of months a year. So your malware writer tries to convince you that their browser, the xxxbrowser is safest. In reality, its just another porn downloader.

I beginning to believe that it’s far easier to get kiddie porn dumped on your machine than it is to find it on purpose. However there is still one obstical to using this as a defense at trial and that is the following:

According to security experts, no one ever went to a honeypot by accident.

After all, Femalesex.com offered me the choice of clicking on “Sexual Child Abuse.” Obviously, my choice was not to click the link but to rip the code and print the page to prove it once existed. Everyone who stumbles into a honeypot has the right to do nothing illegal.

We already know this is not true. When you type in teens18.biz you get hit with a shitstorm of abusive kiddie porn pictures which enter your cache memory and spawn scores of new browsers with even more porn. Now even a religious zealot would have to take a long leap of faith to link TEENS18 to violent pedophilia. But as we see next post there are even more ways to accidentally trigger a honeypot attack on your machine and end up with a download of illegal kiddie porn.

 

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