It would take a single person 5,246 centuries to watch all of it.The malware infection rate isn’t known; a lot of the problem goes unreported.In some cases, the problem is compounded by the fact that a person is so embarrassed about getting a malware infection that they don’t seek technical support in a timely manner. We have see numerous cyber crime campaigns that scare people into paying bogus fines with warnings like this: “This computer was used to visit websites containing illegal pornography.” Obviously a threat like that is more effective if the person receiving it has actually been visiting porn sites.Anyone who is planning on visiting an adult website should make sure their computer or mobile device has a full suite of up-to-date anti-malware and anti-phishing software, and they should know the latest tricks and scams.Either way, I think all security experts have seen a surfeit of computers riddled with malware, spyware, adware, and bloatware, along with a browser history chock full of adult website URLs.Q: I read a story in a British paper that said that a hacker had developed a smartphone app that took a person’s picture when they visited certain porn sites. A: It is certainly possible and might strike an ethically challenged criminal hacker as an interesting business proposition.
So, yes, you will see malware on porn sites that leverages video display software.
But Stephen Cobb, a senior researcher in the San Diego office of ESET, has a lot of insight on the matter.
He’s studied the interconnection between porn and the internet for more than 30 years.
Does that mean that security experts don’t have a clear idea of how big of a problem this is?
A: The embarrassment factor definitely complicates things, from gathering accurate metrics to determining the root cause of the problem. Or could it be that the folks who visit them are naïve and lacking in security awareness?