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Man gets fake FBI child porn alert, arrested for child porn

  • 21-year-old Virginian Jay Riley received a pop-up "FBI warning" asking him to pay a fine for child pornography and as a result, he went to the local police station in Prince William County to ask if he was actually wanted on child pornography. 

    Riley offered his computer to the police for examination, who ended up finding child pornography on his device. 

    The pop-up that claimed to lock the computer unless the fine was paid is said to have scared Riley, according to Prince William County Police spokesman Officer Jonathan Perok. "We've never had a case like this," he said. 

    The pop-up is said to have been an example of Reveton ransomware, exhorting money from those logging into questionable web site.

    Riley is currently in jail and is facing at least three charges regarding child pornography because of the inappropriate messages and images found on his computer. The police have allegedly taken away other computers from his home. 

    Tagged as: child pornography, FBI pop-ups, computer, questionable web sites