The hackers then used the photos to try to extort money from people. We saw a variation of this scheme in “Shut Up and Dance,” the third episode of the third series of the British sci-fi video series “Black Mirror.” A young man is blackmailed by someone who used the webcam in the lad’s laptop to record him watching porn.Q: I’ve also read that some users receive pop-up messages on their screens saying things like, “Microsoft windows has detected that a porn virus has infected your system and is trying to steal pictures, data and social networking passwords.” How should a user respond to a message like that?Q: Don’t porn sites sometimes experience malware problems that they’re actively trying to avoid?I read a news story on The Next that said ESET researchers discovered earlier this year consumers were being tricked into downloading malware that was hidden in what appeared to be a legitimate mobile app for Pornhub. But I’d say that the porn industry has helped pioneer things like video streaming and online payment services, and they don’t want to do things that hurt their businesses. Q: As you said, many people are too embarrassed to admit that they downloaded malware from a porn site.A: While that risk does exist, there are some limiting factors.The creation, possession, or distribution of child pornography carries very serious penalties, not to mention social condemnation, even in some criminal circles, and one would hope this limits its use in malware schemes.
And is the malware more sophisticated than you would find on other types of sites?Does that mean that security experts don’t have a clear idea of how big of a problem this is?A: The embarrassment factor definitely complicates things, from gathering accurate metrics to determining the root cause of the problem. Or could it be that the folks who visit them are naïve and lacking in security awareness?A: Most cyber crime is driven by classic business principles, like return-on-investment and targeted marketing.
So, yes, you will see malware on porn sites that leverages video display software.
But Stephen Cobb, a senior researcher in the San Diego office of ESET, has a lot of insight on the matter.