OTTAWA -- Canada Customs officials say a CD-ROM given away with a computer magazine contains pictures of child pornography.
In Metro Toronto, most copies of the May issue of Computer and Net Player magazine have already been replaced by the June edition or returned to distributors. Vendors contacted said last night they knew nothing of a police hunt to get the magazines off the racks.
Ottawa police had removed 60 copies of the magazine from area newsstands. Total circulation of the U.S.-based magazine is 75,000, of which 7,000 are distributed in Canada. All of them have been ordered off the newsstands.
Police said it's possible the secret network that pedophiles inhabit was aware there would be something extra in the CD-ROM.
A manager and Net user at a Toronto Computer Books Inc. store, which doesn't handle the magazine, said anyone who doesn't know key codes for hidden data "would skip over it without knowing what could be accessed."
The magazine's publisher, Gary Dolvall of Ridgefield, Conn., said he was "very, very shocked and aghast at this", when told what the CD-ROM contained.
While Dolvall doesn't believe his magazines have been victims of pornographic disc corruption prior to this incident, he's sure others have.
U.S. authorities and the magazine's officials are conducting an investigation to determine how the images found their way on to the CD-ROM.
-- With files by Ian Robertson, Toronto Sun