Opinion Letters

Monday 21 May 2018

Trojan Horse is no defence

The issue has been raised of a Trojan Horse program, inadvertantly dowloaded from the internet, being responsible for the further downloading of child pornography, without the computer owner's knowledge or consent. This defence has been entertained in two cases in the United Kingdom. The accused was acquitted in one of those cases, wrongly hailed as a victory by the self-style

The issue has been raised of a Trojan Horse program, inadvertantly dowloaded from the internet, being responsible for the further downloading of child pornography, without the computer owner's knowledge or consent. This defence has been entertained in two cases in the United Kingdom. The accused was acquitted in one of those cases, wrongly hailed as a victory by the self-styled computer expert who proposed the Trojan defence.

The prosecution withdrew the case because the history of the second-hand computer was impossible to verify, because exclusive access to it by the accused could not be proven and because the specific images on the computer could not be reliably linked with other prosecution evidence of internet activity.

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