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Police blotter: Trojan horse leads to porn convictions

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Sat Aug 26, 2006 7:25 am

Published: August 25, 2006, 6:00 AM PDT

"Police blotter" is a weekly News.com report on the intersection of technology and the law.

What: Alabama man tries again to throw out his conviction instigated by a hacker who broke into his computer and found child pornography.

When: U.S. District Judge W. Harold Albritton rules on Aug. 2.

Outcome: Albritton denies a request for a new trial.

What happened, according to court documents:
In early 2000, a computer hacker who used the now-defunct e-mail address unknownuser1069@hotmail.com seeded a Usenet newsgroup called alt.binaries.pictures.erotica.pre-teen with a clever bit of malicious Windows software.

The Trojan horse program, called SubSeven or Sub7, can look innocuous. But once installed, it installs a backdoor in the victim's computer and can allow files to be extracted and a keystroke logger to be installed.

SubSeven did its job. On July 16, 2000, "1069" sent e-mail to the Montgomery, Ala., Police Department saying, "I found a child molester on the Net." The e-mail included an attached photograph of what looked like a girl no older than 6 being sexually abused.

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