Home Office hit by Japanese porn site link

News by Dan Raywood

The Home Office website has been hit by a malicious link that led to a Japanese pornography site.

The Home Office website has been hit by a malicious link that led to a Japanese pornography site.

 

The BBC reported that the link was on a page providing information about the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism, and the link was supposed to go to a body called the Technical Advisory Board.

 

However this linked to the porn site that was spotted by a user who contacted the BBC after visiting the Home Office website and noticing the link to the Japanese site.

 

The Home Office has claimed that the site it was linking to had become defunct and been bought by a different company, though it has now removed the link.

 

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said: “It's possible that there may still be other websites linking to the ‘technical advisory board' website which do not realise that its content is now a little more salacious and as far from a legitimate UK organisation as it's possible to be. By the way, I would not recommend visiting the site, just in case there is any unpleasantness on it.

 

“More care needs to be taken about ensuring website URLs do not fall into the wrong hands, even if it has been decided to mothball an old website. Can we expect the Home Office to keep better tabs on these things in future?”

 

 

 

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