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January 25, 2007

Washington Post blog tackles the Amero popup porn case

Brian Krebs tackled the Julie Amero case on the Washington Post's computer security blog.

He did a good job, too.

Check out the comments. As we've seen already, this story really hits home for IT professionals and public school teachers.

Comments

According to a comment on the WaPo site, the judge Hillary Strackbein fell asleep during the trial:

And, according to one source, the Trial Judge, Hillary Strackbein, “was seen falling asleep during proceedings and made comments to the jury that she wanted the case over by the end of the week. It was also reported that Judge Strackbein attempted to pressure the defense into an unwanted plea deal, in place of a trial. The defense attorney for Amero, moved for a mistrial shortly before closing arguments Friday, based on reports that jurors had discussed the case at a local restaurant.” (I believe that the judge questioned the jurors subsequently and they denied having discussed the case.)

From Brian Krebs piece:
Try also to ignore that the computer in question was a Microsoft Windows 98 machine running an outdated version of Internet Explorer Web browser (IE 5.0), or that the school's license for its firewall program (Cheyenne Software) had expired four years prior to the date of the alleged incident.

Try to ignore? ¡Ay, caramba! There is no way this computer was not massively infected with every form of spyware, virus, and trojan that has circulated on the Internet over the past 7 years. CASE CLOSED. Ask an IT professional. Hell, ask anyone who has had to help his mom remove the spyware from the computer she bought 8 years ago.

PS,
Not my mom, specifically. My mom is actually the IT person for elementary school district and would be appalled at this situation. No spyware at her schools. :-)

Gathering place under development to defend Julie Amero. The site is still pending setup, but you can view the blog at http://blog.state-v-amero.com. (Click on my signature to be redirected there)

Please lend a hand, make some noise, etc.

Thanks,

Just an FYI but the story is now on Google's Sci/Tech News Page, about half way down:

Substitute Teacher Faces Jail Time Over Spyware
Washington Post - 6 hours ago
A 40-year-old former substitute teacher from Connecticut is facing prison time following her conviction for endangering students by exposing them to pornographic material displayed on a classroom computer.
Porn pop-ups may land teacher in prison CNET News.com
Part 2: 40 Years for Porn-Infected PC PC World
GameSHOUT - Huffington Post - PC World
all 6 news articles »

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Did anyone read Krebs' article?? He contradicts Horner's statement to Network Performance Daily. Krebs admits to viewing an archive of the curlyhairstyle document and finding in its source code ONE Lone Pop-Up. Horner said: "A click on the curlyhairstyles.htm icon on the http://www.new-hair-styles.com site led to the execution of the curlyhairstyle script along with others that contained pornographic links and pop-ups. Once the aforementioned started, it would be very difficult even for an experienced user to extricate themselves from this situation of porn pop-ups and loops." Nothing happened to Krebs when he opened the document. Krebs found nothing in the source code other than the lone pop-up. What Krebs does next, the action he takes to initiate the execution of a Trojan, is: "When I clicked on one of the sites in that list -- "CoolSexx!" -- my anti-virus program alerted me that it was trying to drop a Trojan horse program on my machine (Trojans are generally used to download malicious software to your PC). HE CLICKED A LINK TO A PORN SITE! HELLO! That is what initiated the attempted execution of a Trojan. There was no "curlyhairstyle script". What Horner said happened didn't happen. Krebs proved there was no "curlyhairstyle script". What is that anyway? You people need to start using your brains and quite accepting being spoon fed. OMG!

OH, One more thing for you Sheep. YOU choose to believe the lies. You choose to accept the bunk. You choose to embrace the fodder. You choose to condemn the children, the prosecutor, the judge, the school administrators, the police, and the IT professionals in Norwich. You accept the crap that people who are far removed from the facts feed YOU i.e Krebs, Eckleberry et all. Lindsay Beyerstein, you are no journalist. You don't have the wherewithal to seek or tell the truth. Ask yourself one, simple question: Why, in this country of lawsuit happy SHEEP, hasn't Ms. Amero sued the above mentioned people and/ or entities for violating her Constitutional Rights, for falsely accusing her committing crimes against children and society? The answer is right in front of your face. I'll break it down for you, so that you can understand. BAAAA, BAAAA, and BAAAA.

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This f***ing case is still unresolved?

Someone should go to jail--from the DA's office. Not the teacher.

Amazingly, the case was unresolved as of July 8, 2008. I couldn't find any more recent news.

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