A 21-year-old man in Virginia turned himself into police after a virus on his computer told him to turn himself in to the FBI and pay a fine or go to jail because child pornography was found on his computer. Not knowing what to do after the “FBI Warning” messages started showing up, the man took his computer to his local police station and asked if there were warrants out for his arrest due to child pornography.
These kinds of viruses are commonly referred to as ransomware – malware that locks up someone’s computer and tries to trick them into paying the virus’ owner. Ideally, the man would’ve clicked on one of the messages and “paid the fine”, but the malware seemed to work a little too well.
While not many would complain about the pedophile getting what he deserves, this particular type of ransomware has been known to put child pornography on computers to further scare people into paying. The man may not be guilty of anything more than have shitty virus protection software.
That being said, he’s still being charged with three counts of possession of child pornography and being held without bail.
Source – The Verge