Malware Attack Traced to One Porn-Trolling USGS Employee

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A massive malware attack that infected U.S. Government networks was traced to a U.S. Geological Survey employee trolling Russian-linked porn video websites. (Solarseven/Shutterstock photo)

Nextgov – An Interior Department watchdog recommended the U.S. Geological Survey ratchet up internet security protocols after discovering its networks had been infected with malware from pornography sites.

The agency’s inspector general traced the malicious software to a single unnamed USGS employee, who reportedly used a government-issued computer to visit some 9,000 adult video sites, according to a report published Oct. 17. Many of the prohibited pages were linked to Russian websites containing malware.

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