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Microsoft should have protected my porn stash

Red-faced gunman sues Vole after Feds swoop
Mon Mar 05 2007, 16:26
A US MAN has sued Microsoft because its operating system was so insecure the FBI could crack it and find his collection of sex videos.

Michael Alan Crooker said that he went to great lengths to keep his computer secure because it contained sexually explicit videos of him and his girlfriend, his medical records, family photographs, and emails between him and his laywers.

However when the FBI investigated him over a gun related charge they also seized his computer. Apparently they were able to access the files by making a mirror image of the hard drive.

Crooker purchased a Compaq Presario PC loaded with Windows XP, Internet Explorer, and several security utilities in 2002 at a Circuit City in Holyoke Massachusetts.

Crooker, has written in court papers that he "felt secure in Circuit City's claims of impenetrability and security", no really.

He wants Vole to pay $200,000 in compensatory and punitive damages. He said he had set Internet Explorer to delete his Internet history every five days. "Any day beyond those parameters is supposed to be permanently deleted and is not supposed to be recoverable," Crooker says in the lawsuit.

He also claims Compaq's DriveLock security system should have stopped the FBI from looking at his hard drive.

According to Information Week, Crooker has already reached settlements with Hewlett-Packard, which owns the Compaq these days and Circuit City.

He is still in jail over the gun charge. µ

 

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