Porn-Watching Federal Worker Infects U.S. Gov’t Network With “Rogue Russian Malware”

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Originally appeared at ZeroHedge

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released a new audit of a computer network at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Earth Resouces Observation and Science (EROS) Center satellite imaging facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Porn-Watching Federal Worker Infects U.S. Gov't Network With "Rogue Russian Malware"

OIG initiated an investigation into suspicious internet traffic discovered during a regular IT security audit of the USGS computer network. The review found that a single USGS employee infected the network due to the access of unauthorized internet web pages. 

Those web pages were embedded with harmful malware, and then downloaded onto a government-issued laptop, which then “exploited the USGS’ network.”

A digital forensic team examined the infected laptop and found porn. After further review, it was determined the USGS employee visited 9,000 web pages of porn that were hosted mainly on Russian servers and contained toxic malware.  

OIG found the employee saved much of the pornographic content on an unauthorized USB drive and personal smartphone, both of which were synced to the government computer and network.

“Our digital forensic examination revealed that [the employee] had an extensive history of visiting adult pornography websites” that hosted dangerous malware, the OIG wrote.

“The malware was downloaded to [the employees’] government laptop, which then exploited the USGS’ network.”

The forensic team determined two vulnerabilities in the USGS’ IT security review: website access and open USB ports. They said the “malware is rogue software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.” The ultimate objective of the malware was to steal highly classified government information while spreading the infection to other systems.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Rules of Behavior explicitly prohibit employees from using government networks to satisfy porn cravings, and the IOG found the employee had agreed to these rules “several years prior to the detection.”

The employee was discharged from the agency, OIG External Affairs Director Nancy DiPaolo told Nextgov. 

However, this is not the first time government workers have been figuratively caught with their pants down. 

Over the last two decades, similar incidents have occurred at the Environmental Protection Agency, Securities and Exchange Commission, and the IRS.

Last year, a D.C. news team uncovered “egregious on-the-job pornography viewing” at a dozen federal agencies and national security officials have reportedly found an “unbelievable” amount of child porn on government devices, said Nextgov.

It seems that porn watching on government devices is so widespread that Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced legislation banning porn at federal agencies — three separate times.

Government workers have a porn addiction problem, and it is now jeopardizing national security. 

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  • The Nameless One

    As they say. Love is ”infectious”.

  • Django

    How could it be otherwise, the Russians have done it again! Knowing well that the whole worldly porn industry is dominated by the Anglo-Zionists in Hollywood, with a view to the decay and degradation of
    the entire Western civilization. That there is probably also a part Russian Mafia involved, can be true, but with that everything is said. Hegelian dialectics is the grandeur of the Zionists and their secret societies. If you notice its characteristics, you immediately know who you wants you to make believe and what their motives are. Scumbags!

    • Barba_Papa

      Lots of porn is being made in Eastern Europe as well though. With lots of Russian and East-European girls. And they at least still look like women, unlike their American counterparts which look more like tattooed bikers.

      • Django

        Obviously Barbara, the
        exploitation of Russian and / or Eastern European girls and women by the
        western porn industry is something of all times. Even
        shortly after World War II and the illustrious Soviet times, act
        poverty and scarcity as standard and basis for corruption and the sale
        of life and limb for a song. The same Ukrainian
        girls, Czech, Russian and Polish wives have always supported their
        European and American counterparts and are still spread worldwide by the
        largest American porn titles. Disgusting, …
        Capitalism leaves little room for many to become rich, let alone
        preserve a lifetime of well-being and happiness.

  • Barba_Papa

    >>It seems that porn watching on government devices is so widespread that
    Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., introduced legislation banning porn at
    federal agencies — three separate times.<<

    Considering the dude's a republican it might also have something to do with him being a Christian anti-porn nutter.

    • Honesty

      Yeah Democrats prefer it be left the way it is now jeopardizing national security.

  • Richard

    Maybe it is better for federal employees to be paid to watch sex than for them to work harder at f***ing the country!

    • Honesty

      neither is acceptable.