More online porn accessible from work as domains change hands

More
and more formerly legitimate websites now contain pornography creating
headaches for employers trying to monitor staff internet usage.

More
than 1,500 formerly legitimate domain names have been acquired by pornography
sites, according to new research from Websense Inc.

It
said site names that six months ago featured shopping bazaars, news portals and
travel are now porn sites.

During
the same period, more than 3,000 websites that featured porn now offer
mainstream content.

"Our
research has shown that expired domain names change ownership daily and can
often be recreated as porn sites," said Harold Kester, Websense chief
technology officer.

He
said it is critical for companies to use software that reviews websites
frequently to verify categorisation of the sites.

Last
month, Private Media Group, a Spanish-based porn producer, tried to buy the
failed music website napster.com domain name, hoping to transform it into a
porn site.

By
Quentin Reade

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