Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft
February 14, 2003
Analysts: Child Porn Hidden on Corporate Networks
By Sharon Gaudin
Child pornography is hidden on virtually every large corporate network, according to security experts.
While it's common to hear stories of workers being fired for downloading pornographic images onto their systems, and it's even more common to hear people complain of pornographic spam, industry watchers say the problem goes even further. Child pornography -- explicit images and text dealing with underage children -- can be easily found on nearly every large network -- be it corporate, academic or government.
Security and law enforcement experts have differing opinions on whether or not a company is held liable for illegal content sitting on its network. Some say if company executives don't know it's there, they're not responsible for it. Others disagree. Most say IT managers need to go looking for it. And all of them agree that once it's found, it needs to be reported to police.