One American software engineer has warned that people who have indulged in internet porn this past year could be in for a rude awakening.
Their browsing history could be made available to the public.
Brett Thomas, who lives in tech hotspot San Francisco, wrote a blog poston the topic and, well, it is pretty scary.
The post chronicles a scenario in which hackers cross-reference different sets of information in order to come up with the porn-viewing habits of everyday Americans.
This list could even contain names and information of people who browsed using “incognito” mode.
Thomas lays it all out:
“YOU SHOULD EXPECT THAT AT SOME POINT YOUR PORN VIEWING HISTORY WILL BE PUBLICLY RELEASED AND ATTACHED TO YOUR NAME,” HE WROTE.
Thomas does note that this scenario is not guaranteed to happen, due to the fact that it requires two separate hacks; one that collects personal user logs and another that collects user information from pornography websites.
Porn sites have already fallen victim to several high profile hacks.
He urges the tech community to get on top of this problem before it actually occurs, lest it be left up to lawmakers:
“I think the next big internet privacy crisis could expose the private and potentially embarrassing personal data of regular people to their neighbors,” he wrote.
“I worry about the policy measures that could be hastily enacted in response to such an event – yet another reason that the tech community should take a more proactive approach ensuring data privacy.”
With each passing year, large-scale hacks become more a part of modern life. Just last year, nude photographs of more than 100 celebrities were leaked to the Internet, and Sony faced major embarrassment when their email servers were hacked.