Police investigate Facebook porn virus found by Hartland student

Posted March 22, 2011, at 1:26 p.m.

HARTLAND, Maine — A 13-year-old student at Somerset Valley Middle School informed the school’s resource officer Monday afternoon that she had received a pornographic video on her Facebook page. An investigation determined it was a virus.

“A pornographic image had been forwarded from a Facebook account to a student’s Facebook account,” Chris McCrillis, school resource officer for the Newport Police Department, said Tuesday. “It turned out to be a virus that Facebook is trying to get a grip on. It’s something that got out of control.”

The officer was giving a presentation about bullying at the school when he was told about the pornographic video.

McCrillis said he contacted the Maine State Police computer crimes laboratory, which told him it had heard of similar reports involving Facebook.

He also contacted the person who owns the Facebook account responsible for the virus being forwarded to the student, and “we were able to determine it was not intentional. It went to all of the user’s friends.”

The  video virus cannot simply be deleted, McCrillis said.

“You can delete it, but it resurfaces,” he said. “They have to deactivate their Facebook account  and reactivate it. That seems to take care of the problem.”

Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid said Tuesday that he doesn’t expect any charges to be brought in the case, but added it is still under investigation.

McCrillis warned people to be cautious of unknown Internet links.

“Be wary of what you are clicking on,” he said.

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