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Is the Internet for Porn? an Insight Into the Online Adult Industry

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Executive Summary

The online adult industry is among the most profitable business branches on the Internet, and its web sites attract large amounts of visitors and traffic. Nevertheless, no study has yet characterized the industry's economical and security-related structure. As cyber-criminals are motivated by financial incentives, a deeper understanding and identification of the economic actors and interdependencies in the online adult business is important for analyzing security-related aspects of this industry. In this paper, the authors provide a survey of the different economic roles that adult web sites assume, and highlight their economic and technical features. They provide insights into security flaws and potential points of interest for cybercriminals.

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