'Unholy alliance' poses huge security threat

Friday, 3 October 2003, 4:24 PM EST

An unholy alliance is developing between the peddlers of pornography and the hacking community that will pose the biggest threat to the security and integrity of the data held on this world's computer systems - large and small.

Graham Vorster, chief technology officer at Duxbury Networking, takes a look at what awaits the world in the wake of the adult industry's liberalisation - and what information technology (IT) specialists can do to counter this growing threat.

In the US, law enforcement officers are being trained to be on the look-out for portable data storage devices, often disguised as cigarette lighters or key rings, which are playing an increasing role in the propagation of child pornography.

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