TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: Computer Worm Traps Child Porn Offender in Germany

Computer Worm Traps Child Porn Offender in Germany

Reuter News Wire (
Tue, 20 Dec 2005 12:48:56 -0600

A child porn offender in Germany turned himself in to the police after
mistaking an email he received from a computer worm for an official
warning that he was under investigation, authorities said on Tuesday.

"It just goes to show that computer worms aren't always destructive,"
said a spokesman for police in the western city of Paderborn. "Here it
helped us to uncover a crime which would otherwise probably have gone

The 20-year-old was caught out by a version of the "Sober" worm, a
prolific Internet virus which can invade computers and then send out
messages from a host of fabricated addresses.

The trap was set when the man got an email saying "an investigation is
underway," that listed the sender as Germany's Federal Criminal Police
Office (BKA). Police charged him after finding pornographic images of
children on his home computer.

Copyright 2005 Reuters Limited.

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