Employee Watched Porn at Work via 9000 Web pages Drops Malware on U.S Government Network

[Oct 31, 2018]

An Employee of  US Geological Survey (USGS) has a habit of watching pornography contents during Work hours and visiting the extensive history of porn websites which drop malware on Government Network.

An IT security audit that was conducted at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) computer network reveals that the Employee visiting over 9000 web pages using U.S Government computers that routed via websites that originated in Russia and contained malware.

It was confirmed by the forensic report he/she saved many of the pornography images were saved in unauthorized personal USB and Android devices.

Officials said, “During the investigation, we identified two vulnerabilities in the USGS’ IT security posture: website access and open USB ports. Malware is rogue software that is intended to damage or disable computers and computer systems.”

The main motivation of the malware that dropped from the Russian based website is intended to steal the sensitive information from the government network.

Cyber Security Tips:  

  • It is recommended to follow strong blacklist policy of known rogue URL or domains and regularly monitor employee web usage history.
  • Direct employees to refrain from connecting personal devices, such as USB drives and cell phones, to issued computers or networks.
  • Employ an IT security policy that would prevent unauthorized USB devices on all employee computers.
  • For malware incident protection include restricting the use of removable media and personally owned mobile devices.

 

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