Which? pulls offer after porn blunder

Which? Online has had to spend 40,000 replacing CD-Roms offering Internet access because they directed users to a hardcore porn site instead of the Alta Vista search engine.

The porn site offers “real hard-core sex” and “live sex chat, shower shows… and much, much more”.

The charity also had to e-mail customers who had already received one of the CD-Roms to warn them about the problem.

Which? Online claims the domain name used to provide quick access to Alta Vista – alta-vista.com/ – changed hands after the CD-Rom software was written.

It blames the lack of regulations on the use and sale of domain names.

Alan Stevens, editor of Which? Online says: “After we built the software someone bought that name with the intention of referring people to their Website.”

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