Home > News > Porn in The Department of Homeland Security • Bookmark   • Newsletters   • Register Search Options


Porn in The Department of Homeland Security

Porn in The Department of Homeland Security
Get XBIZ News
Jan 27, 2006 2:00 PM PST    Text size: 
WASHINGTON — Employees at the Department of Homeland Security may be doing more than purporting to protect the country from terrorism. According to a report by DHS Inspector General Richard Skinner, a lot of them also may be looking at porn while on the clock.

Skinner filed a report Friday outlining a recent internal computer network test that uncovered 65 million security alerts on DHS computers, 6.5 million of which could have been caused by employees seeking out pornographic content on DHS computers.

According to the report, most of the “detect.misuse.porn” alerts returned in the test came from 16 computers on the department’s network, though Skinner said he could not pinpoint the specific machines that triggered the alerts, a fact he attributes to a flaw in the existing system.

As such, Skinner’s report called for the DHS to more effectively use its internal security tools, saying the current alert system was too broad. An additional problem he discovered with the porn alerts, for example, was that the system would automatically trigger if questionable words appeared inside a harmless search string, such that keying in the term “behavioral” would set off the porn alert that targets the world “oral.”

The report also concluded that the number of alerts at the DHS had risen considerably in recent years, jumping from about 5.4 million alerts each month to more than 21.5 million in early 2005, the time period studied in the report.

Skinner provided no analysis as to what may have caused the increase.

More ways to get XBIZ News:  RSS Feeds  |  E-Newsletters  |  Desktop Widget  |  Mobile
Looking for porn star news and behind-the-scene videos? Check out XFANZ.com !


How Advertisers Use Your Devices to Sell You Stuff

The paranoia has reached an all-time high. Now some people actually believe that their microwave ovens are spying on them — despite the fact they don’t have any listening devices or cameras.... More »

As Mobile Grows, So Does Need to Push Sales

The number of consumers browsing and buying online will reach 270 million by 2020, driven largely by activity on mobile devices, according to Forrester. Business is booming and the fact that most purchases... More »

With AI, Routine Tasks Start Fading Away

I just turned 42. The list of things I may never do again is growing fast. I no longer dream that I will become an Olympian in any sport except archery or horseback riding. The oldest Olympians in those... More »
Stay informed of the latest industry developments. Get XBIZ newsletters delivered to your inbox. Subscribe today!
Enter email address:

* To manage existing subscriptions click here.

Submit your press release to
multiple news outlets with 1 click.
Subscribe to RSS news feeds or
add free content to your website.
Access XBIZ news and articles
with your mobile device.
Subscribe to XBIZ World magazine, the industry's leading e-commerce trade publication, delivering in-depth coverage of the online, mobile and ancillary digital markets.


XBIZ.net Paysite Meetup

May 04 - May 04
Prague, Czech Republic

Eurowebtainment 2017

May 17 - May 20
Majorca, Spain

XBIZ Retreat

May 30 - Jun 03
Miami, Florida

XBIZ Miami 2017

May 30 - Jun 02
Miami, Florida
Everyday thousands of business professionals browse XBIZ's industry directory for quality products and services. Not listed yet? Your company could be losing potential new business. Submit your company today!
Use XBIZ RSS feeds to stay informed of the latest industry developments or as a content syndication tool for your website!