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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 10:48 PM
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Porn activity detected at DHS (maybe)
http://www.washingtontechnology.com/news/1_1/daily_news...

By Alice Lipowicz
Staff Writer

The Homeland Security Departments internal computer network generated 65 million security alerts during a three-month period and 6.5 million of those may be linked to employees accessing pornographic words or materials, according to a report today from DHS inspector general Richard Skinner.

Nearly three-quarters of the automated security event messages and detect.misuse.porn alerts originated from 16 devices on the departments wide area network, according to the report. However, DHS could not identify the specific workstations that had generated the messages, the inspector general found.

Under DHS policy, employees are forbidden to access pornographic materials from workstations. However, the detect.misuse.porn message may not necessarily indicate pornography, the IG report explains in a footnote.

DHS automated network security toolswhich create warnings when detecting a possible breach of IT securityare programmed to look for pornographic keywords such as oral. But sometimes alerts are generated when the keywords are embedded in other words, such as in behavioral, the report said.

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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 10:50 PM
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1. Pornographic words like "constitution", "bill of rights" and....
...."whistleblower", no doubt.

PB
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 10:54 PM
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4. Ooh! Ooh! he said blower! Ooh! Ooh! n/t
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Zorro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:32 PM
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6. Well...
The word is Cons"tit"ution, after all...
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rzemanfl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 10:53 PM
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2. They must have to do everything in writing there, no "oral"
communications. These fuckwads are in charge of our safety?
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cdsilv Donating Member (883 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 10:53 PM
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3. As a former network admin I can assure you all that they CAN determine...
...which users looked at what, if they use the right software. Even if they don't, its just alot more work but it CAN be done. I have done it on corporate networks. Repeatedly. And had people get fired, and made it through the subsequent lawsuits.

Don't let anyone tell you it can't be done. It can, and I have done it. Not willingly, but when compelled and told "it's your job or his/hers". Well, I and my kids have to eat, too.
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 03:01 AM
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14. I'm no expert but that part didn't have the ring of truth to it.
Thanks for confirming it.
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:04 PM
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5. this is preposterous
why couldn't a Homeland security expert (in a normal world) look at porn, if the tape, for example an amateur video could give a clue during an investigation ?

The text above implies that those guys are watching porn instead of doing their job. Which gives you an idea of those "patriots". But the general prohibition is preposterous. How could they track if Gannon is a security risk ?
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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:38 PM
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7. DHS is not using those tools effectively, the audit found.--says it all.


DHS is not using those tools effectively, the audit found.

DHS had not finalized procedures for identifying the source of those messages, or for coordinating appropriate actions with other technical and security organizations, the IG wrote. DHS systems and data are at increased risk of service disruptions and security-related events if automated network security tools are not utilized effectively.

.......

In addition, the DHS network did not have its security accreditations and certifications, the report added. DHS officials agreed with the findings and recommendations.

The inspector general also released a report on security risks for selected sensitive but unclassified mission-critical databases at DHS, and another on security vulnerabilities to the U.S. Visit visitor screening program.
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dysfunctional press Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-28-06 11:56 PM
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8. so what? there was a gay male prostitute with a white house press pass-
Edited on Sat Jan-28-06 11:56 PM by QuestionAll
nobody seemed to care about that...why should they be concerned with this?
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Skip Intro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 12:59 AM
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9. The term "pornographic" needs to be defined. "pornographic words"...?
Porno is:
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rooboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 01:05 AM
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10. Just doing a security clearance on Jeff Gannon, I'm sure... n/t
Edited on Sun Jan-29-06 01:06 AM by rooboy
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jberryhill Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 01:28 AM
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11. Oh that's intelligent

So, let me see if I understand this.

Our Department of Homeland Security arranged its computer system so that if Al Qaeda wanted to conduct their planning operations on an open blog, then if they put a link to the Paris Hilton Sex Video on the page, DHS couldn't see it?

Bra-vo morons.

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RedSock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 01:45 AM
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12. puh-leeze
However, DHS could not identify the specific workstations that had generated the messages, the inspector general found.

**********

They must think we have IQs of about 26.



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orleans Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 01:50 AM
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13. they can spy on us but they can't figure out which workstation
this was coming out of?

and they can't have the monitors tagged to differentiate between oral and behavioral

give me a friggin break!

no wonder osama is still chasing around somewhere and they've got to spy on all of america just to dig up some dirt on a few.

homeland insecurity alright...

it would be rather funny if it didn't make me SCREAMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM!
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CJCRANE Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 03:53 AM
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15. My office firewall sometimes blocks DU forum pages as "porn" ! nt
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 09:08 AM
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17. lol -- smart firewall.
oh that cracked me up.

it's probably because of those lounge wenches steaming all the boys up.
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Up2Late Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 04:24 AM
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16. Oral!?!?! Have they never heard of ORAL Arguments at the SCOTUS?
God, what idiots we have there at DHS.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 09:19 AM
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18. So, their fear of porn is slowing the process of protecting us and...
their employees are so untrustworthy that they surf for porn at work, we're supposed to feel secure that they're not spying on ordinary citizens for their own personal titillation?

"If you're having phone-sex with Al Queda, we want to know about it."



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madmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 09:48 AM
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19. Yes but your missing the big picture here....
they're using this as a cover for an excuse for when they are tapping the American people and a word pops up say like bombastic,bombard,bombardier,bombshell. They now have a perfectly ligament reason to wiretap us.
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Miss Chybil Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-29-06 01:00 PM
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20. Probably the words DICK Cheney set it off. nt
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BR_Parkway Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-06-06 01:50 PM
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21. 4 Million hits from 16 devices? Some horndogs at DHS
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