Defense Department Computer Network Among Top Sharers of Child Pornography

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An investigation by the National Criminal Justice Training Program concluded that the US Department of Defense (DOD) is one of the top networks for peer-to-peer sharing of pornographic images of children, and it ranked #19 out of the 2,819 networks that were examined. The problem is so pervasive among DOD employees and contractors that legislation has been written for increased investigation into these crimes. The illegal activity leaves the government perpetrators open to blackmail.

Defense Department computers are among the top distributors of child pornography. An untold number of Department of Defense (DOD) employees and contractors have subscriptions to child pornography websites, and the problem is apparently so pervasive it requires new technical solutions to address it.

“Hundreds of DoD-affiliated individuals” were recently identified as suspects in child pornography cases, according to an investigation by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service.

So far, authorities have only looked into about 20 percent of these cases. But already, they’ve found “several” individuals “using their government devices to download or share said pornographic material.”

Last year, an investigation by the National Criminal Justice Training Program found DOD computers were among the top networks nationwide for peer-to-peer sharing of pornographic images of minors. DOD’s network ranked 19th out of 2,891 computer networks studied.

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