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U.S. attorney's office tells employees not to log on to Drudge Report

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posted on May, 17 2009 @ 09:20 AM
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U.S. attorney's office tells employees not to log on to Drudge Report


www.politico.com

Asked why the conservative-leaning news aggregator and President Barack Obama critic was flagged by Internet security officials, Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said it was because “a malicious code was found contained in a Web ad on Drudge.”
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posted on May, 17 2009 @ 09:20 AM
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In an e-mail message sent May 4, Paul Harvey, an information-technology official for the Boston office, wrote that security specialists with the U.S. attorney’s office at the Justice Department asked them “to reformat/reimage two computers because the user visited the drudgereport.com site.”

“Please avoid the Drudgereport website from the [United States attorney’s office] computers,” Harvey wrote.

Asked why the conservative-leaning news aggregator and President Barack Obama critic was flagged by Internet security officials, Tracy Schmaler, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said it was because “a malicious code was found contained in a Web ad on Drudge.”

Schmaler also said the request to stay off Drudge wasn’t politically motivated and said it was sent only to the office in Massachusetts.


What I can't understand is why, if the Drudge website had malicious code in it, wouldn't they have issued an alert to all offices?

I find it suspicious.

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posted on May, 17 2009 @ 09:36 AM
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That's not the first time someone has reported a problem like that with the Drudge Report. More and more sites are reporting problems with adware and viruses.



posted on May, 17 2009 @ 10:56 AM
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I have to think that Mr. Harvey could have blocked Drudgereport.com using internet filtering software/appliance that is likely in place on the network. Or better yet, block the web ad sites that carried the malware. His team obviously found the source of the malware. If he sent email not to visit every site that has web ads with malware, he'd be sending such emails every day.

This looks to me like a politically-motivated act.



posted on May, 17 2009 @ 11:15 AM
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Originally posted by Zarniwoop
I have to think that Mr. Harvey could have blocked Drudgereport.com using internet filtering software/appliance that is likely in place on the network. Or better yet, block the web ad sites that carried the malware. His team obviously found the source of the malware. If he sent email not to visit every site that has web ads with malware, he'd be sending such emails every day.

This looks to me like a politically-motivated act.


I agree. It is suspicious and probably politically motivated.

A little off topic but Ianonlyhuman..I love you avatar.



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