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Stupid Public Servants Sacked for Internet Porn

By Kramer 26 July 2007 38

The Canberra Times reports that a large number of staff from the Department of Fisheries & Forestry have been busted for inappropriate use of internet services, in accessing porn sites or distributing explicit emails. Following the bust 11 staff were sacked, 14 staff have resigned, and numerous others received pay cuts, fines, or reprimands.

Public Service agencies widely advertise the regulations for use of internet services and the ramifications for inappropriate use. Is it not common knowledge that internet services in government agencies are monitored? So were these people stupid, or were they looking for early retirement?

BTW – Don’t let this scare you off RiotACT, as this is a legitimate local news site, even though it sometimes gets into the gutter.

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Kramer 9:57 pm 31 Jul 07

Yeah, we need a scandal at work and a few sackings to get our file servers cleaned up. Can someone please make an anonymous tip off?

pierce 5:33 pm 31 Jul 07

I knew a guy working in IT for Telstra a while ago – when 4 IT guys suddenly got sacked for porn. He said that 4 TB of data disappeared from the network overnight after that happened.

Felix the Cat 7:28 pm 28 Jul 07

Sasha – good idea, my work has restricted internet access, White Pages and MSN (not Hotmail though)are the only websites allowed and most people can’t send or receive photos in the email.

Sasha 4:52 pm 27 Jul 07

Well, I never … thought that the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries were such a lively bunch! Humour aside, okay so the employer issued a warning but my experience is that when there is a problem it is rarely one person’s fault – in this case, the employee. There may have been an inappropriate workplace culture (unofficially sanctioned by the employer) that meant that the employees didn’t take the warning seriously. The other aspect is why did the employees have access to the porn sites in the first place eg the employer could have removed temptation by installing a firewall on porn and other inappropriate sites.

JC 4:51 pm 27 Jul 07

Well if the cops were called then it would have to be something illegal like kiddie porn. Although it may be a sackable offence to surf ‘legal’ porn it is not a criminal offence so they wouldn’t call the cops for that.

toriness 10:37 am 27 Jul 07
Felix the Cat 6:56 am 27 Jul 07

On the morning TV news (can’t remember if it was Sunrise or one of the others, I channel surf)they said child porn was involved. Maybe this is why such drastic action was taken. Usually police are called in when child porn is involved, I haven’t heard of this happening yet so maybe the media is not reliable in there reporting (surprise!).

Pandy 10:54 pm 26 Jul 07

Yeah fixed!

Kramer 10:40 pm 26 Jul 07

Ant – Although it seems we attract some real wierdos (myself included), I would hope stalkers, etc would have better things/people to hunt after.

Regardless, yes we do our utmost to keep your details private. Never the less, remember that you as a poster, and anyone else on the net (including lurkers on the site) are all logged by our server and our ISPs. If you are really, really concerned about anonmity on the net then maybe you should look at The Cloak.

Kramer 10:34 pm 26 Jul 07

Pandy – try that again… One of the pitfalls using a codebase with frequent updates – we sometimes miss a new “feature”. So that little loophole should now be closed.

Always interesting to know how others read the site.

ant 10:09 pm 26 Jul 07

That’s good to hear, GnT. However, let’s say (hypothetically, although as always, it’s not at all hypothetical) that someone likes to indulge in a spot of stalking. So, working out where someone works would be gold to such a person.

They wouldn’t be looking to post anything about it on the site (although they have done in the past, with regard to other people), but just to know where someone worked, so they could go and attempt to do all kinds of mischief.

I was really unhappy to learn that IP addies were available off this site, as I’d assumed they were private and only known to the owners.

Being banned off the site is nothing to someone who wants to do real harm.

Pandy 9:35 pm 26 Jul 07

Oh I should clarify the last point: A local pollie said that they believe that another poster on RA posts from an opposition party office.

Could this mean that this pollie is using the ‘manage’ facility to look at IP addresses of posters? If so, they would not really draw attention that your ‘manage’ facility is there and available.

BTW: I looked at some of the very old posts on the ‘manage’ facility and they still seem to point to unique IP adresses.

Pandy 9:14 pm 26 Jul 07

Actually no Kraemer. I must have too much to drink because your manage site DOES show your ISP, mine and ants (who shares the same ISP).

So you want to remove the facility altogether so that I can post without having someone (like local politicians) record who is my ISP and then potentially hunt me down?

Kramer 8:48 pm 26 Jul 07

Ant – As far as I am aware, the current design of the RiotACT does not allow users access to each others IP addresses or network names. Following a recent upgrade, this information was visible for a brief period, however we have now removed this feature. Anyone on the site “outing” other posters by name, email, ip address or network name will very quickly find themselves either on the moderation queue or banned from the site.

Kramer – RiotACT Site Admin & Code Monkey

Pandy 8:46 pm 26 Jul 07

Riot-act now (well for a few weeks) mangles the IP address to point to a common site. Just tried it again.

ant 8:30 pm 26 Jul 07

I’m sure more of us would love to participate in The Riot Act from work, but the revelation that our IP addresses are obtainable by any reader has made the more prudent of us reluctant, as you never know what kind of person might want to indulge in his favourite habit and try to make some trouble.

VicePope 7:59 pm 26 Jul 07

By “mature”, I meant of course people whose sex lives occasionally involve another person. My apologies for not being sufficiently obvious.

And I cannot see how someone being paid or even coerced to become involved in sexual activity for the purpose of publication can be anything but degrading. Even if there were not a moral dimension for readers (which I think there is, although others may disagree), there is the question of providing economic and any other support to an industry which is so exploitative.

andy 6:37 pm 26 Jul 07

heavs – i, or people i know, could tell you a story about another department, where a similar event occured.

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