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Pentagon’s Missile Defense Staff Warned To Stop Surfing Porn Sites At Work

The Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency has warned its employees and outside contractors to stop using government computers to access pornographic websites on the internet. A report in Bloomberg says that the agency’s Executive Director John James Jr. sent out the one-page warning last week after he noted that government employees had been detected “engaging in inappropriate use of the MDA network.”

In the July 27 memo obtained by Bloomberg, James writes that “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.

MDA spokesperson Rick Lehner told Bloomberg that the incidents were limited to a “few people” who may have exposed the MDA network to sites which contain viruses or malware.

Bloomberg spoke to a cyber security specialist who told them that the potential breach of conduct is no joke. The specialist told Bloomberg that “criminals and foreign intelligence services such as Russia’s use them to gain access to and harvest data from government and corporate computer networks.”

h/t Bloomberg

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