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Harvard tackles porn spam on Web site

May 25, 2011 at 3:30 AM   |   Comments

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass., May 25 (UPI) -- Officials with Harvard University said they have cleared the pornographic images spread across its Web site by hackers and spammers.

Stephen Chapman, who writes the "SEO Whistleblower" tech blog for ZDNet.com, said he discovered pornographic images and links spread across unmoderated forums and publicly available pages on the school's Web site, and officials with the school said they have been working to correct the problem, the Boston Herald reported Tuesday.

"We are aware that a number of Harvard servers were affected last week and we are addressing the issue," Harvard spokesman Kevin Galvin said.

Chapman said in his online article, "Harvard.edu: An Ivy League Pornographic Playground," that he discovered pictures of naked women in addition to explicit language and links on a Harvard physics council Wiki site and a Harvard Law blog.

Chapman said he has also discovered pornographic materials on the Web sites for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Boston College.

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