[Offtopic] Work PCs
stephen at melbpc.org.au
stephen at melbpc.org.au
Mon Apr 2 16:57:36 EST 2007
Gaming, porn rife at work
March 27, 2007
ONE in seven Australian office workers has looked at online porn at work,
and even more use office hours for online gambling, according to security
Since the start of last year, Websense has collected data from 52,000
people in Australian organisations using its security risk-assessment
The study found 22 per cent of users accessed "legal liability" sites
such as pornographic, gambling, hacking and peer-to-peer sites at work -
more than 1.6 million hits over the year. About 737,000 hits were
on "adult" sites, ranging from lingerie to hardcore erotica.
"The number-one gambling sites were always the local TABs," Mr Camissar
said. "Partypoker.com was the second-highest site . . . It's fair to say
poker is the new Minesweeper."
About 92.7Gb of data was downloaded from YouTube, and 1626 hits made per
organisation on peer-to-peer file-sharing sites. About a third of the
organisations surveyed were government agencies and the rest companies.
Employees often used proxy sites to access banned content without fear of
All the companies had firewall, anti-virus and anti-spam technology in
place. But 59 PCs were compromised by keyloggers recording every
keystroke and mouse click to steal information such as credit card
Between 10 and 20 per cent of machines in each organisation were infected
by spyware, which uploaded information to the internet 136,214 times.
The software recorded 2649 hits to phishing sites, after 5 per cent of
employees clicked on bogus emails designed to steal banking passwords.
Websense's ANZ manager Joel Camissar said the figures proved companies
faced big security risks from inside and outside their firewalls.
"Even with organisations using best-practice anti-virus and anti-spam
infrastructure, there is still content slipping through the net," he said.
"It could be that organisations are not reviewing how they utilise their
solutions on a quick enough basis. Perhaps they are not tweaking the
policies in the organisation to keep up with the pace of technology.
"Web security seems to be the weakest point in an organisation's defence."
Websense logged 36,000 hits to what it called "potentially unwanted
software". The most popular was hotbar.com, a spyware utility that
puts "smileys" in emails and monitors websites users visit.
"When we presented this (data) to a large mining organisation in Perth
two weeks ago they said even if an organisation locks down their standard
operating environment, Windows still allows users to install things like
Hotbar and screensavers that put extra load on the desktop and the help
desk," Mr Camissar said.
Cheers all ..
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