This is a really upsetting story about how a teenager was infected by a trojan, used as a fileserver for child pornography, and then attempted to be prosecuted as a sex offender. The sex offender charge was based off of a plea charge after admitting to showing other teenaged boys a playboy magazine. The circumstances are so ridiculous it’s just painful to read. The jist is the boy went to visit a porn site that infected his computer, and then the police detected the computer uploading child pornography.
I was asked after being sent this if having a firewall and anti-virus is enough to protect your computer. Unfortunately the answer is no. Let’s think about session riding for a second. It is trivial to get any user to download images from any website that doesn’t protect itself with a simple IMG tag. In this way a user can visit an otherwise benign site, and be forced to download child pornography or perform attacks on servers or whatever the attacker wants by proxy. Very scary.