Porn surfing makes govt computers prone to hacking

Frequent surfing of pornographic websites by some government officials, emails containing fake lottery amounts and some spyware are the major reasons for the hacking of computers of India`s key ministries and departments.

Updated: Nov 05, 2010, 00:03 AM IST

New Delhi: Frequent surfing of pornographic
websites by some government officials, emails containing fake
lottery amounts and some spyware are the major reasons for the
hacking of computers of India`s key ministries and departments
by internet impostors, most of them from China and Pakistan.

Despite repeated warnings by the Ministry of Home
Affairs, officials of many vital wings of the government keep
surfing pornographic sites during office hours in office
computers, resulting in penetration of spyware from foreign
hackers, officials said.

Opening of emails containing fake lottery amounts are
another key reason why the government computers are repeatedly
hacked by the impostors.

The Home Ministry, many a time, have asked all
ministries and departments not to keep any file of strategic
importance in internet-connected computers but store them in
stand-alone ones.

"The advice is repeatedly violated," a Home Ministry
official said.

There have been reports that hackers based in abroad
recently have penetrated into the computers of the Ministry of
Defence and took away many information related to India`s
strategic details.

PTI