Study: Most Homemade Porn and Private Photos End Up Online

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Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton are not in the minority when it comes to homemade porn ending up on the web.

A new study from Britain’s Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has found that 88% of homemade pornography, including videos and still images, finds its way onto porn sites, often without the owners’ knowledge.

The IWF study analyzed more than 12,000 sexually explicit images uploaded by young people and found that the majority of images had been stolen and published to "parasite websites," reports CBS Washington D.C.

The "parasites" hack nude pictures from lost or stolen cellphones, private accounts on Photobucket, Flickr, or Facebook, or from chat sites and Tumblr, a blogging platform used by high school and college students.

Susie Hargreaves, CEO of the Internet Watch Foundation, told the Guardian newspaper: “We need young people to realize that once an image or a video has gone online, they may never be able to remove it entirely. Once an image has been copied on to a parasite website, it will no longer suffice to simply remove the image from the online account.”

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