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Just how much malware is on free porn sites?

Evan Dashevsky | April 18, 2013
Did you know the Internet has pornography on it? We were just as shocked to discover that as you. In fact, much of this pornographic material is available for free--but that doesn't mean there's not a huge potential cost. Specifically when it comes to malware. One researcher found that among some of world's most highly trafficked free pornography sites, the probability of coming into contact with malware can exceed 50 percent in some cases.

The prevalence of malware on even "established" sites is largely the result of traffic brokers who facilitate the seedy world of targeted nekkid people link exchanges. According to a 2010 study, a research team purchased 47,000 clicks to a test porn site for only $160, no questions asked. According to the team, of those click-troughs, 20,000 could have been easily exploited for known vulnerabilities using a customized botnet.

That comes out to only $0.008 per potentially infected computer. Not a bad deal for people who don't care at all about your privacy and for whom your computer is just a quantifiable means to an end.

Be safe out there

Among subscription-based porn sites, there appears to be less prevalence of malware. A friend who--wisely--wishes to remain anonymous referred me to some popular for-pay porn sites, where I found no occurrences of malware. At least within the past 90 days, the pay-based sites burningangel.com, brazzers.com, and suicidegirls.com all were found to have zero malware in their Safe Browsing reports.

Pornography has been there since the very beginnings of the Internet. It has managed a unique balancing act of being both ubiquitous and subterranean, providing a bridge between society's seedy underside and a large cross-section of the unsuspecting populace.

Just as with issues of actual, physical lust; in the virtual world, it's up to individuals to protect themselves by either abstaining from potentially risky activities altogether or learning to use the proper protection.

 

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