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Talk Talk fails to block Pornhub

Child filter fails spectacularly
Tue Dec 06 2011, 13:51

BROADBAND PROVIDER Talk Talk has come under fire after its internet filter failed to block one of the web's biggest porn sites.

According to the Telegraph, Talk Talk's system has failed to restrict access to the third largest porn video web site on the internet, Pornhub, for more than a week.

Talk Talk has been pushing its new "Home Safe" security product to its 4.1 million subscribers as a method of blocking porn and viruses as well as other potentially harmful content.

The product, which operates on a network level so parents don't need to install or maintain software, had been praised by MPs who wanted more protection for children online.

An IT expert, Cherith Hately found the vulnerability after testing the service last week and finding the Home Safe blocking page had been relegated to a small box normally reserved for advertising, and that adult content was fully accessible.

She said, "The 'you have been blocked' page has been diverted to an advertising slot within the Pornhub homepage thus opening access to it.

"The HomeSafe barrier has been knocked down, technically and literally. TalkTalk should inform all their HomeSafe customers that their children are still able to see pornography so that parents can supervise more."

Talk Talk apparently is working on a fix.

A spokeswoman told us, "We are aware that a customer using HomeSafe has been able to access a site which they had selected to block. We're satisfied this site is not available to the majority of customers who have chosen to restrict this subject matter and we're testing a technical solution which will fully resolve this issue.

"As the only network-level filter, TalkTalk's HomeSafe is the most effective way of protecting children from content parents consider harmful. While no technical solution alone is able to solve the issue of child internet safety or be a substitute for parental supervision, we firmly believe that HomeSafe is a step in the right direction with over a million web pages blocked at customers' request since May." µ


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