A Virus Just Hit The World's Biggest Porn Site - And Now You Might Be Infected

Better be safe than sorry ❌

Turns out you don't even have to engage in any sexual activity to get a virus - just watching people have sex is enough to get you (*aka: your computer) infected, or at least if you watched PornHub in the past year. 

Cybersecurity screening of the world's biggest porn website (PornHub) discovered that the site's advertising network was infected by malware that has been attacking visitors for over a year. 

With nearly over 80 million daily visitors, this threat to PornHub users is honestly scary as hell. And although most of us practice safe browsing, with plenty of virus protection to guard us, our personal information, and our computers, the reality is that with advanced viruses created by hackers like the group supposedly responsible for this attack, KovCoreG, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to know if you've been infected. 😱

So if you've been watching some nasties on your computer, now might be the time to get it checked out ASAP. 

You might have been infected by the virus if after visiting the site, a new tab would pop up on your computer claiming that a “critical update” was required for the web browser you were using (Chrome, FireFox, Safari, etc), with a button instructing you to "Update Now", or something along those lines. 

If you DIDN'T click the button, then you might be virus free. 

If you DID click the button (but everyone knows you NEVER click the button), then you should probably do a clean sweep of your computer stat, before the virus, which would've downloaded to your computer, starts scraping all of your personal information, browsing history, and a bunch of other potentially compromising material that we're sure you'd like to keep private. 

But don't freak out. Once the malware was discovered by researchers and reported to PornHub, the virus was quickly removed from the site. The cyberattack researchers learned that hackers used the virus to commit ad fraud malware, essentially manipulating the user's computer to click on specific ads, generating them money. SO overall not a huge threat to your personal information, but still creepy, disconcerting, and shady AF. 

Source: Kansas City Star 

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Gabriella Iamundo Ambitious 20-something dog mom just trying to make the best life for me and my furry son. Recent English Lit M.A. grad and entrepreneur creating with words. Follow me @iam_undone or check out my biz account @editionalword