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Malware hidden in porn sites

Malware hidden in porn sites
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There are a lot of reasons why porn sites are not a place anyone should visit, but if you needed another reason you can add possible malware infection to the list. You might already associate porn sites with malware, but actually the two rarely go together.

Most porn-based malware comes from pirated downloads, fake sites and mobile apps. The more popular adult sites are actually very security conscious because their business model relies on visitors having a good experience and returning often. In fact, past studies show you're more likely to get malware from a church website than an adult site. However, that was before hackers got the hang of malvertising.

Malvertising skips embedding malicious code on a website and instead puts it in the system serving ads to the website. A number of high-profile sites have served malware this way in the past, including YahooYouTube and The Daily Mail. Recently a handful of the largest porn sites were hit as well.

Now we have word that hundreds of adult sites have been serving malicious ads. Hackers have been uploading malicious ads to the AdXpansion network, which serves ads primarily to adult sites. So far, the company hasn't said what it's doing to combat the problem.

As we said at the beginning, there are a lot of reasons besides malvertising to avoid adult sites. If you find yourself struggling to stay off of them, however, here are some ways to combat your addiction.

You can run into malvertising on any site. Make sure you have strong security software installed to keep it from affecting your computer.

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