Friday, April 06, 2007

Pornography and National Security

You just can't make this stuff up...

Top-secret data on an advanced US military system was leaked because Japanese officers were swapping porn files at work, a newspaper said Thursday.

Japan is questioning a naval officer on charges he obtained confidential data on the US-developed Aegis combat system, the defence ministry said Wednesday.

But the Yomiuri Shimbun said the data was leaked when the petty officer second class had copied pornographic images -- accompanied by the sensitive files -- from a colleague's computer and circulated them to a third officer.

I was waiting for the punchline to say something like "Japanese seamen issue erupts!!!"

One would imagine that military computer software would have some of the toughest standards, much like the financial services industry. Working for a real estate company, I couldn't even access the Yahoo! NCAA Pool Picks website. So how is porn getting passed around military computers?

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