Over 50% chance of catching malware on popular porn sites

New security research has detected a significant upsurge in the harbouring of malware on popular pornographic websites, with the worst offenders posing more than a 50 per cent risk of infecting the visitor's computer.

The report comes from security blogger Conrad Longmore, whose findings cast doubt on the view that porn sights do not pose a drastically greater threat than other web domains.

Sensing the rise since last investigating the issue 18 months ago, Longmore conducted a fresh metrics study of 10 popular porn sites, and while six posed no threat at all, youjizz.com and tube8.com scored a “malware contact probability” of 2 per cent and 14 per cent respectively, while xhamster.com and pornhub.com brought huge malware probabilities of 42 per cent and 53 per cent each.

But the finger of blame cannot be pointed solely at the websites in question, as specifically, the malware came via third party content and advertisements in most incidences.

“I have no doubt that it is not the intention of the site operators to infect visitor's machines with malware,” Longmore states, before noting that “infected banner ads can be found (less often) on mainstream media sites too. It is good to take some precautions…even if you don't stray far from the Daily Mail or NBC.”