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MDA: Stop watching porn at work

by Mike Hoffman on August 3, 2012

The Missile Defense Agency issued a warning to its employees in July to stop surfing porn sites with government computers, according to a Bloomberg report.

Executive Director John James Jr. had to issue a memo to employees telling them to stop watching porn at work and sending pornographic pictures and messages from their MDA computers. James went on to explain that those employees who continue to spend time looking at the wrong rockets risk losing their security clearances, suspensions, and even their jobs.

Bloomberg’s Tony Capaccio obtained the memo discovering it was issued after only six out of more than 8,000 employees at MDA were caught surfing porn sites. Software that protects against cyber attacks also alerted the authorities to visits to these websites since so many are laced with viruses and malware downloads.

Chase Cunningham, chief of cyber analytics at Sterling, Virginia-based Decisive Analytics Corporation, told Bloomberg that sites with high-quality imagery, porn or not, run as risks for harboring cyber attacks as hackers can hide malicious code on the sites used to hack unsuspecting users.

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