Adult-oriented websites now account for over a third of sites on the internet.
A report by Optenet found that websites related to online role-playing games have grown by 212 per cent, while websites that contain violence, terrorism content and illegal drugs purchase have also grown
Ana Luisa Rotta, director of child protection projects at Optenet, said: “Security of minors is a major factor for parents and guardians. Additionally, some of these games provide a wide number of communication channels that allow multiple forms of interaction among users, such as chat, forums, VoIP and exchange of user-generated content.
“It is possible for those intent on abusing these channels, to employ them to carry out highly damaging and often illegal activities including cyber bullying and the sexual harassment of minors.”
From the perspective of websites being hijacked and hosting such content, chief marketing officer of MarkMonitor Frederick Felman claimed that the company had seen a surge of events where credentials have been compromised and a domain name had been hijacked.
He said: “We have seen it from pornography to malware, and most notably in Puerto Rico and in New Zealand where websites had issues with the registry being defaced. It is a security issue, but it is odd as all types of security measures are in place. It costs hundreds of dollars to deploy security, so it is strange that registrants are not working with registrars to stop this.”
Asked how long a typical ‘cyber squatting' action could last for, Felman said that MarkMonitor does have a measure of actions, and had found 250,000 instances that lasted for months.
“A lot of companies are monitoring but it is time consuming and some do not have automated systems. Our customers concentrate on instance and if they are not getting traffic and sales they focus on the source of the problem,” said Felman.