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Officials Watching Porn at Work Busted by new Monitoring System

writer: C. Custer source: techinasia.com


It’s hard to sit at your desk and be productive every second that you’re in the office. That much, I think, anybody can admit. But when Beijing anti-graft authorities rolled out new spy software that monitors the internet usage of officials across 70 different government departments, they discovered that some officials are reallyplaying fast and loose with their work time.

Officials have been caught doing everything from shopping to gaming to trading stocks online. But the most heinous abuse might be watching porn during work hours on the taxpayer’s dime. And at least one guy on the Beijing city payroll was really into that. An anti-graft official told the China Daily: “I found an official who had 1,000 clicks on porn websites in a day, and I traced his IP address. I found out that he frequently visited porn websites during working hours over a three-month period.”

1,000 porn clicks in a single workday. That’s so inappropriate that it’s almost impressive, especially when you consider that pornography is illegal in China, so the top porn sites are all blocked and VPNs presumably aren’t allowed on government computers. This guy probably had to jump through some hoops just to access porn in the first place. And then 1,000 clicks in one day? Damn. That’s some real dedication to (ahem) self-medication.

Anyway, the new monitoring system has so far detected misuse of work time on over 200 different IPs. Punishments for offenders vary based on their particular misdeed and the department they work for, but some have even been demoted.

Beijing government officials be warned: you’re being tracked online just like your citizens are. Maybe it’s better to save all that porn-watching for when you get home.