Hackers hijack Windows PCs for porn serving; Macintosh unaffected

Windows computers with fast connections are being hijacked and used as temporary host sites.

“More than a thousand unsuspecting Internet users around the world have recently had their computers hijacked by hackers, who are using them as pornographic Web sites,” reports John Schwartz for The New York Times.

“The hijacked computers, which are chosen by the hackers apparently because they are linked by high-speed connections to the Internet, are secretly loaded with a software program that makes them transmit explicit Web pages advertising pornographic sites and offers to sign visitors up as customers, according to computer security experts,” Schwartz reports.

“Unless the owner of the hijacked computer is technologically sophisticated, the activity is likely to go unnoticed. The program, which downloads the pornographic material to the usurped computer only briefly to allow visitors to view it, is invisible to the computer’s owner. It apparently doesn’t harm the computer or interfere with its normal operation,” writes Schwartz.

Macintosh computers are unaffected.

Full article here.

9 Comments

  1. This is not a hack. It is a new feature from Micro$oft,,, Distributed web serving. Or at least that’s how the Asses in Redmond might spin it….

  2. It’s Porn @ Home the new distributed Porn web server! We use you idle time to server out the best in Adult Entertainment on our computer and you don’t even have to know about it. We make the money you serve our files. It’s the perfect arrangement, (at least for us it is). You don’t even have to sign up. We probably already use your computer any. You can sleep soundly knowing that all computing power is being used to make us money!

  3. It’s Porn @ Home the new distributed Porn web server! We use your idle time to server out the best in Adult Entertainment on your computer and you don’t know about it. We make the money you serve our files. It’s the perfect arrangement, (at least for us it is). You don’t even have to sign up. We probably already use your computer anyway. You can sleep soundly knowing that all computing power is being used to make us money!

  4. LOL!

    Lets hope to god that the porn sites are not also including the HOME MADE stuff from the hijacked user!

    Have you seen what the average Wintel zealot looks like? Imagine them naked! :-O

    EEEEEEK!! Now thats a frightening thought.

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