Bmx.com, a popular online porn search engine, has been shut down by Google after a recent security breach, a security researcher has claimed.
The Lad Bible, which bills itself as one of Britain’s top 10 sex sites, has suffered a major security breach that has caused significant damage to its reputation and ability to attract new visitors, according to security researcher and Pornhub spokesman John Caudill.
“A lot of people will not see this, but there is no doubt that Bmx is not the best porn site out there,” Mr Caudell told The Times.
“I’ve been on Bmx for 10 years, and it’s not the worst I’ve ever been on.
It’s just one of those sites that you will be told that it’s the worst, and the people who come to Bmx are not the most gullible.”
Bmx, which was created in 1998 by the US firm PornHub, became the world’s largest adult entertainment site in 2008 when it took in £100m ($150m) in advertising revenue.
Its website was also home to a huge number of sites, many of which were run by third-party operators.
One of those was a website called MyBmx that was used by porn stars including Angelina Jolie, James Deen, Jenna Jameson and Jada Pinkett Smith.
The site was shut down last month after security researcher Timo Neuwirth discovered a series of security breaches.
“Bmx is one of Pornhub’s most important assets,” Mr Neuwaert said.
In December, the site had received around $1m in advertising revenues, and Mr Neuhrend said it was not a good idea to keep the site online if the security breaches were discovered.
“The site is not secure,” Mr Kiesewetter said.
“Even though we know that there are breaches on Bmx, Bmx’s business model relies on having lots of paid advertising.”
Mr Caudills said the site’s administrators had not yet been made aware of the breach.
“They’ve not made a decision about whether or not to reopen,” he said.
In its most recent security update, Bmys administrators said: “We have been notified that we are subject to an external intrusion.”
The site has been in lockdown since March and is now inaccessible.
Mr Neuhren said it had not been the first time the site was breached.
“We’ve had breaches on other sites before, but this one was pretty big,” he added.
“You need to think about whether the breach is really something that will affect the overall health of the site, or whether the site will be taken offline and not get restored in a couple of weeks.”
Bmx did not respond to requests for comment.
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