A Defunct Video Hosting Site Is Flooding Normal Websites With Hardcore Porn

... As pointed out by Twitter user @dox_gay, hardcore porn is now embedded on the pages of the Huffington Post, New York magazine, The Washington Post, and a host of other websites. This is because a porn site called 5 Star Porn HD bought the domain for Vidme, a brief YouTube competitor founded in 2014 and shuttered in 2017. Its Twitter account is still up, but the domain lapsed. ...

The trend toward embeds rather than screenshots or direct copying has long struck me as ill-conceived.

At least it's only pr0n. As a vector for malware / spyware injection, this could be even more interesting.


HN discussion: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=2

#infosec #bitrot #pr0n #DNS #ItsAlwaysDNS #LapsedDomains #EmbeddedContent #malware #spyware #risks #infosec

@dredmorbius And this is why you should always own your own data

@fluffy @dredmorbius Is there a term like "digital divide" but between the theoretical capabilities offered by the internet and the actual capabilities that are practical for individual publishers

@scanlime @dredmorbius No, but there should be one. Self-hosting things is tough for folks who aren't technically-inclined to do so.

But in this case, these sites were very much technically-inclined and could have been self-hosting their video content, or using e.g. YouTube or Vimeo which are way less likely to disappear.

I'd love to see wider adoption of player.js though.

@fluffy @dredmorbius i can understand journalists in 2014 wanting some kind of tool to host video for them


@scanlime @dredmorbius Yeah but these aren't independent journalists, these are big news sites with IT departments and custom CMSes

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@fluffy @dredmorbius I'm trying to remember the last time i saw organizational pressure to host content on your company's own infrastructure

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