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article imagePentagon warns staff to stop surfing porn sites at work

By Katerina Nikolas     Aug 7, 2012 in World
A leaked internal memo from the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency warns staff to stop using government computers to surf the Internet for porn.
The Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency's Executive Director John James Jr sent a memo to staff regarding employees and contractors using the MDA network for inappropriate purposes. Bloomberg published a copy of the memo that said:
"Specifically, there have been instances of employees and contractors accessing websites, or transmitting messages, containing pornographic or sexually explicit images.
These actions are not only unprofessional, they reflect time taken away from designated duties, are in clear violation of federal and DoD and regulations, consume network resources and can compromise the security of the network though the introduction of malware or malicious code."
James warned that staff found violating the rules would face disciplinary action.
Agency spokesman Rick Lehner responded to the leaked memo by saying only a half-dozen employees had been found to be accessing restricted sites, and at no time had the MDA computer network been compromised.
The Bloomberg report went on to note that "a government cybersecurity specialist said that many pornographic websites are infected and criminals and foreign intelligence services such as Russia’s use them to gain access to and harvest data from government and corporate computer networks."
Slacking off at work in favour of surfing for porn is a growing trend. According to Staff Monitoring com. 70 percent of all web traffic to Internet pornography sites occurs during the work hours of 9am-5pm, with 37 percent of staff admitting they surf the web constantly at work (though there were no stats on staff admitting to surfing for porn while at work). Officials at the U.S. Security and Exchange Commission were caught red-handed using work computers for porn in 2010.
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