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Have you updated your anti-virus lately? How you could be downloading child porn without realizing.

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Oh, my. Now this one really is complicated. In a really rather terrifying twist of technology, it seems that there are now computer viruses that can make you into a pedophile. This new strain of computer sickness makes it possible for hackers to use your computer remotely to download and store child pornography without you knowing about it.

The motives are manifold. It could be a case of a real-life kiddie-fiddler after a ‘safe’ place to store their stash, it could be a prankster’s sick joke, or it could be someone with a vendetta, set out to destroy a life by leaving you unwittingly in the frame. Whatever the motivation, child porn makes its home on your computer— and you might not realize it until the police knock at your door.

The problem with defending your innocence (or rather one of the problems, this obviously being a fairly problem-heavy topic), is that it is really quite difficult to prove that you were hacked because actual pedophiles often blame viruses, too. Needless to say, it is a defense viewed with skepticism by law enforcement.

“It’s an example of the old ‘dog ate my homework’ excuse,” says Phil Malone, director of the Cyberlaw Clinic at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. “The problem is, sometimes the dog does eat your homework.”

Even if you are fortunate enough to clear your name (hundreds of thousands of dollars later, of course, and don’t expect to be seeing that again),  any hint of suspicion when it comes to child-porn is generally enough to royally screw up your life. Innocent until proven guilty is just a nice-sounding phrase law enforcement likes to tout. Cops showing up at your house, leaving with your hard drive and arresting you for possession of inappropriate images of children is not a good look, and it’s a blow few reputations can recover from, even if you do manage to prove yourself no more than a victim of technology. It’s one of those situations where people like to shake their vacant skulls knowingly at one another, reciting behind their hands awful cliches like “Well, there’s no smoke without fire,” and before you know it your company is making budget cuts and you find yourself handed a severance package.

Time to update your anti-virus software?

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