23 Oct 2012

Your Homemade Porn Will Probably End Up on Internet, Study Shows

 

Don’t keep hot memories on tape or disk. That’s the conclusion of a study revealing that 88 percent of homemade pornography ends up on the Internet without the owner’s knowledge or consent.

According to a report by the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), sexually explicit online images and videos of young people get dumped on the web and then reused for nefarious purposes such as reuse on parasite websites – resources that aggregate content from other repositories.

The study claims that the parasite websites usually get content from lost or stolen cellphones, private social networking accounts that have fallen victim to hackers, or from websites that allow uploading of sexually-explicit content.

The camera performance of mobile phones has improved significantly over the past years, which qualify them as the perfect tool to snap spicy memories. However, their size and their mobile nature make them easy to lose or misplace and, in the absence of encryption, their contents can get easily uploaded on various websites.

“This research gives an unsettling indication of the number of images and videos on the internet featuring young people performing sexually explicit acts or posing,” said Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation in the announcement.  “It also highlights the problem of control of these images - once an image has been copied onto a parasite website, it will no longer suffice to simply remove the image from the online account.”

The best defense against data loss would be refraining from photographing intimate moments on a mobile device or, if not possible, storing them in an encrypted, secure form. Another thing that would help mitigate data leaks would be to install a mobile security solution on the device.