IBM subcontractor arrested for child pornography

Originally posted at 1:23PM Aug. 13; updated at 4:05PM Aug. 13

(UPDATED) Federal authorities have arrested a Virginia-based IBM Corp. subcontractor who was providing computer services to the Homeland Security Department on charges that he distributed child pornography on the Internet, the Washington DC Examiner has reported.

The newspaper quotes an FBI affidavit stating that child pornography was found on a computer hard drive belonging to Peter North of Alexandria, Va. North was taken into custody on Aug. 7.

IBM officials said North was a subcontractor. "Mr. North worked for a subcontractor in relation to a federal contract managed by IBM. He is no longer associated with the project," said Lia P. Davis, a spokeswoman for IBM. She added, "We are not going to discuss the specifics of the case."

North reportedly is an information technology specialist who worked at IBM's Vienna, Va., facility on a contract with DHS.

A Wyoming-based federal task force identified North's IP address through its studies of Internet file-sharing networks.

About the Author

Alice Lipowicz is a staff writer covering government 2.0, homeland security and other IT policies for Federal Computer Week.

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