Jun 06 2007
Do you remember Julie Amero, the substitute teacher who got convicted of felony charges because she couldn’t stop pornographic pop-ups from malware infecting the school desktop? Today a judge ordered a retrial for her, stating that there was information discovered after the fact that directly impacts her case. I’ll be very surprised if she gets convicted of anything in her new trial. It actually looks to me that the State now has the option to not pursue this any farther, which might be in their best interest.
I’m not a forensics investigator, but it sounds like the initial investigators made almost every mistake in the book during the process and that her first lawyer barely knew enough about the technology to use email. Everything I’m reading says this case probably shouldn’t have even gone to court. Little things like your anti-virus and patches help a little in preventing this from ever happening too. I’m glad people like Alex Eckelberry are helping to straighten this out.
Added: A good summary and some good links over at Threat Level.
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