BROWSER HIJACKING AS A DEFENSE IN LEGAL PROCEEDINGSA number of criminal cases have been tried in the past, where those accused of viewing illicit Websites, such as those containing child pornography, defended themselves by alleging that it was a browser hijacker who was responsible for illegal downloads on their computers. In most cases, the police and the courts have been unsympathetic to such defenses, due to the fact that the evidence of browser hijacking is difficult to establish and because this defense is the most “convenient” type of defense in such cases.
The following questions have been addressed in this article:What are the symptoms of a “browser hijacking”?
What role does technical evidence play in browser hijacking cases?
Why are courts, juries, and law enforcement authorities reluctant to accept defenses that allege that a virus or a hijacker was responsible for accessing illegal sites?