I would like to bring the dangers of browser hijackers and dangers of the Internet to people’s attention. Browser hijackers may redirect Internet users to border criminal web sites against their will. They may also write questionable links to Internet browser favorites. Very often they redirect users to porn web sites.
In the year 2004 there was an article published in Wired News.
The name of this article was ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining lives’ and
the topic was computer spyware and how dangerous it may be. Some parts
of this article were written from an interview with me. The article
described Browser Hijackers as some type of spyware written by computer
criminals. Also article in Wired News described individual sent in jail
because of Browser Hijacker.
Recently there were 2 very serious articles published, one in the
Homeland Security Wire web site and another from Fox News web site. They
have links to the article in Wired News ‘Browser Hijackers Ruining
lives’ written in 2004. They describe again the same criminal case of
porn possession, 8 years later.
You can read in article “Digital DNA the new DNA” in the Homeland Security Wire web site:
‘With the increasing ubiquity of computers, smart phones, and other
electronic devices comes a torrent of “digital DNA,” which can be used
to record an individual’s every move and even convict them of a crime.
In one case from 2002, an individual was sent to jail after police found
pornographic images on his computer, but security experts later said
law enforcement officials had mishandled the digital evidence.’
I think Homeland Security Wire is a very serious web site, and this
is a very serious “mishandling the digital evidence” accusation.
The experts explained that a “browser hijacker” could have been used to
remotely plant the pornographic images on the suspect’s computer
without their knowledge.
There was also an article in Fox News ‘Fighting crime with digital
DNA’. There is also a link to the Wired article ‘Browser Hijackers
Fox News Editor Jeremy Kaplan wrote,
‘Attorneys are very good at taking digital evidence out of context
and then convincing a jury of the guilt of someone based on it. In 2002,
“Jack” was sent to jail after police found pornographic images on his
home computer. Security experts later told Wired News that the digital
data had been mishandled: They suggested it could have been put on his
computer remotely through what’s called a “browser hijacker” — a
malicious bit of software that changes browser settings and can easily
be built to store data on a PC’
You may understand that this is all very serious. Minnesota
Hennepin County Law Enforcements mishandled digital evidence in
2002-2004. And you may remember who was District Attorney in this county
from 2002 to 2004: Amy Klobuchar, now a US Senator. I do not understand
why they published this 8 years later. I may tell you that I am still
surprised to what degree law enforcements did not care about any
evidence from 2002 to 2004. They just wanted to convict people. I just
think if the Fox News and Homeland Security Wire web sites wrote about
this 8 years later, many others may be interested. In 2004 article
‘Browser Hijackers ruining lives’ was read by many millions of people in
different countries. Too many people remember this.