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    Default Accidentally Downloaded Child Porn

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
    I was trying to watch a tv show on a kind of sketchy website using my phone. Suddenly I got a dozen redirections and it started automatically downloading child porn. When I went to delete it a notification from the fbi popped up and every time I try to open any app and wouldn't let me. I cant use my phone for anything and its saying I have to pay five hundred dollars with a green dot card is this real and if so how do I fix my phone. Please tell me soon, I cant even open my phone without felling sick from the pop ups I see.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Downloaded Child Porn

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    My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
    I was trying to watch a tv show on a kind of sketchy website using my phone. Suddenly I got a dozen redirections and it started automatically downloading child porn. When I went to delete it a notification from the fbi popped up and every time I try to open any app and wouldn't let me. I cant use my phone for anything and its saying I have to pay five hundred dollars with a green dot card is this real and if so how do I fix my phone. Please tell me soon, I cant even open my phone without felling sick from the pop ups I see.
    Sketchy sites that involve sex can be fronts for all kinds of unpleasant things. Sites that direct to child porn may simply be the front for a scam in which they scare you claiming you downloaded child porn illegally and then make the request for money to avoid being reported for it (which they likely wouldn't do anyway since if it was real child porn it was illegal for the site to offer it to you, too). The FBI doesn’t do pop ups on your screen to notify you of a child porn problem, let alone do it the minute you download porn. Usually the first inkling you have of an FBI investigation for this is when agents come to your home to execute a search warrant so the can get your computers, phones, etc and examine them for the porn they suspect you downloaded. So I suspect what happened here is that the site you used directed you to site that downloaded malware from a scammer that locks up your phone and that will only unlock (if at all) after you pay the scammer a bunch of money, and they are using the threat of child porn charges to be able to ask for a lot of money to do it. Probably the best thing to do at this point is either (1) see an expert about removing the malware, (2) completely reinitialize the phone, wiping everything from it and returning it to factory condition (which hopefully will get rid of all hte malware) or (3) chuck your phone and get a new one.

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    Yeah, you have ransomware on your phone. Taxing covers your options pretty well. There is a fourth option though it is not one I would recommend and that is to pay the ransom. If you have something absolutely critical on your phone, this may be necessary although I'd consult an expert about removing the malware first. You should understand that even if you pay the ransom, the malware could still be on your phone. Any of your files could be infected with it.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Downloaded Child Porn

    Once in a while ransomware can be successfully stopped by completely powering down a device and removing its battery for a minute or two. Its worth trying at least.

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    Restoring phone to factory settings usually works. If you use a cloud based back up for apps and files then setting the phone back to your current standard shouldn't take too long.

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    Default Re: Accidentally Downloaded Child Porn

    In terms of federal law,
    Quote Quoting 18 U.S. Code Sec. 2252(c)
    (c) Affirmative Defense.— It shall be an affirmative defense to a charge of violating paragraph (4) of subsection (a) that the defendant —[indent]
    (1) possessed less than three matters containing any visual depiction proscribed by that paragraph; and

    (2) promptly and in good faith, and without retaining or allowing any person, other than a law enforcement agency, to access any visual depiction or copy thereof —

    (A) took reasonable steps to destroy each such visual depiction; or

    (B) reported the matter to a law enforcement agency and afforded that agency access to each such visual depiction.

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