Virus not responsible for porn

A COMPUTER analyst has rejected the suggestion a virus was responsible for planting pornographic images of children on John Hinder's computer.

But, she says, she did find evidence of malicious software on the laptop.

Hinder, a 45-year-old former ambulance paramedic, has pleaded not guilty in the Hervey Bay District Court to two child pornography charges.

Police allegedly found 200 explicit images on his laptop when they raided his home in 2009.

Forensic computer analyst Andrea Schwager conducted an investigation on the computer, including Hinder's internet browser history.

She said her examination did uncover a trojan, a type of malicious software, like a virus, that could potentially access personal information on a computer and send that data to a remote party via the internet.

However, Ms Schwager said the trojan on Hinder's laptop appeared to be inactive.

When questioned as to whether the trojan could be responsible for downloading the pornographic images and saving them to folders on the computer, Ms Schwager said no.

She was also asked whether the software appeared to be allowing a third party remote access to Hinder's computer.

"Not in my opinion, no," she replied.

The three police officers who raided Hinder's Urangan home and seized his computer have also given evidence at the trial this week.

The defence is expected to call its sole witness today.



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