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The “Honey Pot” Goes Digital

Message to Pentagon employees: if it’s NSFW, please save it for a quiet evening at home.

According to the Chief of the Missile Defence Agency, John James Jr., Pentagon workers who view or send porn from work computers aren’t just being a bit, well, creepy, they’re also putting people in real danger. As Politico reports:

Not only is this”unprofessional” and threatens to “compromise” the security of the network though the introduction of malware or malicious code,” the memo states, but there’s also a national security risk.

During the Cold War, the “honey pot”—luring a target into some kind of tryst, taking pictures or a film of the event, and using it for blackmail—was a common tool in the espionage trade.

The honey pot has now been updated for the 21st century: porn sites can be used by foreign intelligence operations, either to get incriminating evidence about the bad habits of various targets or by installing destructive malware and spyware in sensitive computer systems.

You never know who’s watching…

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  • Austin Ruse

    It is a fairly easy thing to turn porn off of the internet. Next time you are on the Acela, try accessing porn sites. I discovered this when doing research on kitchen knives of all things. All kitchen knife sites were blocked since they were viewed as weapon sites. So, I tried porn and found they blocked that, too. Amazingly easy it seems.

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