Hacking attacks which lodge child abuse images and malware on a computer user’s hard drive are on the rise, it has been warned.
In its annual report, the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) said there has been a significant increase in the number of legitimate websites being compromised.
First, the hackers infiltrate a site before planting the child abuse images and malware in folders on a hidden URL.
The folders are then inadvertently accessed by unsuspecting web surfers through a redirect link on a legitimate adult site.
When the link is clicked, the files are downloaded to the user’s computer le viagra 100.
It is thought the abuse images are bundled with the malware to discourage people from trying to get their computers repaired.
A spokesman for the IWF said people “panic” and are “fearful of reprisals”.
The report added: “The majority of the hacked websites are either UK-hosted or are those of UK small businesses.”
As a result, the number of pages found to be hosting child sex abuse images in the UK increased to 92 in 2013, from 73 in 2012.
Overall, the charity identified 13,182 web pages containing child sex abuse images in 2013 worldwide, following reports to its hotline.
It said more than 80% of the images were of victims aged 10 and under.
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