Virginia man surfing the net for child porn voluntarily turns computer over to local police because he received “FBI Warning” pop-up

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“what did I just do?”

Don’t believe everything you see on your computer, sometimes what you see is not real, sometimes your computer is against you, and really wants to f#ck your world.

Malware, spyware, ransomware, trojans, viruses, I don’t know the difference, but I know they suck, and are very clever, and will plague your computer with pop-ups and more pop-ups, pop-ups that look like they are coming from your computer, pop-ups that threaten you, pop-ups with beeps and beep-beeps that make you feel like your computer is going to blow up, pop-ups on pop-ups, appearing just as fast as you close them out, telling you to install this install that, buy this buy that, or else they will hold your computer hostage until the ransom is met, or when you decide to throw in the towel and take a bat to your computer.

With that said, meet 21-year-old Jay Riley of Woodbridge, Virginia. Jay was recently arrested after he voluntarily brought his computer into a police station to be examined. Apparently, Jay was receiving a recurring pop-up message from the FBI that said he would be under a criminal investigation unless he paid a fine. Jay took these messages very seriously, and a feeling of guilt and shame plagued Jay to the point that he couldn’t sleep or eat, and the weight of the situation weighed so heavily on Jay that he decided to turn himself in and turn his computer over to the Police.

Unfortunately for Jay, the recurring FBI message was fake, and was actually a malware scam that attempts to extort money from computer users while pretending to be from some government agency, like the FBI.  In this case, the “ransomware”, what this particular malware is referred to, displays a pop-up that accuses the user of committing illegal activities on the internet, i.e., copyright infringement, illegally downloading movies, or music.

For Jay, it wasn’t illegally downloading music, or illegally downloading a movie, or violating copyright laws that got him infected with the ransomware, nope, Jay picked-up this nasty bug while navigating in the dark trenches of the net, a place where once you go there is no turning back, a place he frequented quite often, he got infected while browsing and downloading child porn.

When the pop-ups began Jay got scared, child porn remorse set in and Jay thought he got caught, busted, however he was wrong, but it didn’t matter, once he walked into that police station and told the guy at the desk that he is there to submit his computer to be examined he gave up everything, and had been tricked by an unknown force, an unknown hacker, an unknown person that was just out to get a couple bucks from a sorry sap and really didn’t give a f#ck if they were a sicko or not.  When police thoroughly examined Jay’s computer they found numerous “inappropriate messages and photos of underage girls” on his hard drive. The found child porn.

“What?? I was tricked! Are you saying that wasn’t from the FBI? You saying I turned myself in for no reason. How did they know? How did they know what I was doing?” Jay was heard yelling as he got cuffed.

“They know everything you do.” Someone responded.

Jay was charged with three counts of child pornography possession and some other charges.

Moral of the story: Ignore pop-ups. And don’t look at child porn.

Full Story: IB Times