Home Office links to X-rated Japanese website

BBC News Online is reporting that the British Home Office found itself in the embarrassing position today of trying to explain why its website was linking to a Japanese pornographic site.

As a video report showed, a webpage about the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism included a link which claimed to go to a body called the Technical Advisory Board (TAB), but actually went to an X-rated sex site.

Although the Home Office told BBC reporter Rory Cellan-Jones that it had removed the link, it can still be found as clickable hotlinks in PDF documents hosted on their website. It took me less than 30 seconds to find the offending link on the Home Office’s website, so it doesn’t appear that their clean-up can have been that thorough.

It’s possible that there may still be other websites linking to the “technical advisory board” website which do not realise that its…

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