Pentagon Told To Lay Off Porn


The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense and yet it seems that its employees are opening up our defenses to the enemy. Last week the Pentagon's Missile Defense Agency gave a strict warning to its employees and contractors to stop using their government computers to surf pornographic sites on the internet.

The one-page memo, written by Executive Director John Jmaes Jr., claims that government employees and contractors were detected “engaging in inappropriate use of the MDA network.” So what should be done about this? Well if they weren't in a government job they would be fired on the spot in any private company. Not so in the federal government, especially when it comes to national defense in the Obama administration.

James wrote several items of note in the memo:

“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."

Those found violating the rule risk “their security clearances in jeopardy, and are subject to suspension and removal from federal service or MDA sponsored contracts.”

Besides the obvious fact that people are goofing off at work at a place that requires security clearance and is the center of our national defense, what else is at stake?

Bloomberg reports

"The seriousness of the potential breach to operations cannot be overstated. Contracting officers will coordinate action through contractor management when contractor personnel engage in inappropriate usage.” ,

Agency spokesman Rick Lehner said in an e-mail that the memo was written in response to “a few people downloading material from some websites that were known to have had virus and malware issues.”

A government cybersecurity specialist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because such work is classified, 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.

“There are great dangers in interacting with any site that has high-quality imagery, whether it’s pornographic or not, or a lot of links,” said Chase Cunningham, chief of cyber analytics at Sterling, Virginia-based Decisive Analytics Corporation, in a telephone interview yesterday.

Using what is called steganography, Cunningham said, a programmer can embed malicious computer code that infects computers, opens ports, steals data or gains access to networks when photos, videos or other files are downloaded.

So it appears that porn sites are now the equivalent of Russian spy Anna Chapman. The idea is to get people aroused and tempted to go to the sites in order to backdoor their computers so that other governments can get intel from the defense department. Well, as sophisticated as the DoD is, one would think they would have solved the problem of porn surfing long ago with software and hardware upgrades, but apparently not.

They have left the weakest link open, though they spend billions of dollars each year. The Pentagon is seeking $7.7 billion in fiscal 2013. While the Congress is looking to tighten the noose on the rest of us in our internet usage with their "cybersecurity" bill, maybe they might want to clean up their own house, so to speak, and deal with some real cyber security threats in the Department of Defense.

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