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A child porn-planting virus: Threat or bad defense?

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A child porn-planting virus: Threat or bad defense?

by Larry Magid

A story recently surfaced saying malware could plant child porn on innocent people's computers without their knowledge. Just how real is this threat? And how can you keep it from happening to you?

Being accused of possessing child pornography can ruin people's reputations, confront them with overwhelming legal bills and, if convicted, and deprive them of their freedom for years if sentenced to prison time, and perhaps for life, if they're required to register as sex offenders.

That is why, at least in part, a recent case outlined by the Associated Press raised concerns over computer viruses being used to plant child pornography on people's computers. But the innocent have little to fear, according to experts.

Read more at CNET News - http://news.cnet.com/security/

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