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Fired UK judges show porn at work cannot be ignored as issue

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Findings from Elitetele.com has revealed that one in five of the 2,000 UK workers questioned have committed such an offence on a personal device also used for work, with one in ten using an official corporate issued device for the same activity.

Furthermore, the same amount of workers would not tell employers about possible threats to the business caused by accessing pornographic or adult websites. One in four were unaware that visiting these kind of websites could lead to devices being infected by malicious viruses or bugs.

Russell Horton, COO at Elitetele.com, commented: “Such websites can often infect visitors automatically when they browse and typically visitors are unlikely to complain to those running the online service, the police or their boss excuse of the embarrassment involved.

“This provides cyber criminals with the opportunity to peruse poorly secured corporate networks at leisure because nobody has raised the alarm and nothing is being done to stop them. Businesses should look at putting a unified threat management facility in place alongside robust BYOD policies to safeguard against such intrusions, providing peace of mind that they have the best possible defence against cyber sleuths.”

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The three judges, district judge Timothy Bowles, immigration judge Warren Grant and deputy district judge and recorder Peter Bullock were removed from office, despite the pornography not being illegal, after the lord chancellor and the lord chief justice concluded it was an “inexcusable misuse” of their official accounts and “wholly unacceptable conduct for a judicial office holder”.

A third of the new survey’s respondents revealed that finding out they had viewed porn or adult websites would leave them “more red-faced” than uncovering evidence of job hunting (27 per cent) derogatory remarks made about a colleague (17 per cent) a criminal conviction (11 per cent) an addiction to gambling, drugs or alcohol (11 per cent) or participation in an office romance (10 per cent).

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