In a recent survey, 72% of participants admitted they searched for and accessed adult-content sites. On the other hand, an Internet research on the safety of URLs leading to pornographic sites showed that 29 percent of the 1,000 tested links were infected. Simple math says that adult content sites are among the most likely to infect your computer with viruses or other malware.
Just another scary statistic?
I decided to spend a while surfing porn to test it. I started searching for a video that included a “girl” and an “action.” A girl named Suzana was first to answer my query. Wearing nothing but fishnet stockings, she couldn’t possibly have much to hide. Right?
Wrong. Just when Suzana was about to answer my query, in stepped the antivirus software.
Darling Suzana was hiding a nice piece of malware.
Identified by Bitdefender as a variant of Kazy Trojan, this piece of malicious code injects itself in to the explorer.exe process and opens a backdoor that allows unauthorized access to and control over the affected system.
It also attempts to read the keys and serial numbers of various pieces of software , while also logging the passwords to the victim’s ICQ, Messenger, POP3 mail accounts, and protected storage.
Beginner’s luck? Challenge accepted! Let’s see if Suzana’s really the one and only girl who can make my dreams come true.
So I cast my fishing net farther, with the classic “porn” search word.
Bad luck! (or is it good???) I get deeper into x-rated troubles as that 29 percent of red-light infected links seems comes to ugly reality. Another try and I’m about to bring a whole load of Trojans aboard. It’s that easy!
I rest my case.
In order to stay safe, Bitdefender recommends that you never open files without checking them as well as that you install and update a complete internet security solution.
Stay happy, but safe!