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Streaming Video (porn) on Business Computer

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Streaming Video (porn) on Business Computer

omnimaxster
Is it possible for video porn to download onto a computer by itself? (virus, etc?)

There were 3 (maybe more) streaming videos on our business computer. I confronted the only person who has complete access to this computer and they said they did not download porno nor would they ever download porno buth they may have looked at a few "thumbnails". They said "Somehow it downloaded by itself via a virus".

Common sense tells me this is not true but I am not 100% sure.

Also, can this have a future negative impact?
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Kjell_Andorsen

In cases like this the ideal course of action is to make an image of the disk and not make any changes until you can thoroughly analyze it. Once the image is made you can run virus and malware checkers to see if there's anything on the box that would cause this. It's certainly possible for malware to cause things like this to happen, though I've mostly heard of porn popups and sites opening, not streaming video files in and of themselves.
I'm a little confused actually by your use of the term "streaming", were there live feeds to a server open or are we talking about downloaded video files that could be opened at any time? If we're talking the latter I'm pretty skeptical about the employees claim, most malware won't download files onto your system to be viewed at your leisure.

AL so the "May have looked at some thumbnails" remark makes me believe that in this particular case the porn was downloaded very deliberatively.

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omnimaxster

Thank you for your replies. Much appreciated!

"I'm a little confused actually by your use of the term "streaming"...

No, they weren't live feeds but downloaded to(?) Windows Media Player. I didn't know streaming meant live, just a term I heard. Shows what I know.

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smallbiz-techwiz

Some of the worst malware I've ever had to contend with was delivered via porn sites. Allowing employees to use company computers to visit these sites is an open invitation to a business disaster in more ways than one.

I would first unplug the network connection, then re-image the entire drive or reformat and reload from scratch. I know it sounds extreme, but this workstation could pose a threat to your entire network if it has been compromised.

Afterwards, I would review the security measures you have in place to see what changes could be made to prevent this from happening again. I know that internal politics often play a part in restricting user "freedoms" so you'll need upper management support. This is not just an IT problem, it's also an H.R. problem so let them be involved in the solution as well.

I.T. should be the tool used to implement policies set by upper management.

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Streaming

It's actually quite hard for that to happen, our company specializes on streaming technologies and we've never seen anything like that.

Some of our products are used on sites such as:

http://www.pornoxo.com
http://www.xhamster.com
http://www.xvideos.com
http://www.dailymotion.com

The list goes on and on, but as far as our engineers say it's impossible. Best bet is that he's lying.

In case you wanna do a checkup you should:

Run HijackThis
Run Adaware
Run Spybot Search and Destroy

Hope this helps.

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OldER Mycroft

Now - how did you manage that on your first day??

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IC-IT

that he has a vested interest in the sites he listed? ;-) :-)
All I know is I am not checking them out ... unless, hmm where is my Sandbox system? :-)

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OldER Mycroft

Just to see what these links do.

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boxfiddler Moderator

Even zombies like sex...

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OldER Mycroft

The washing machine doesn't spit out your load when it's finished. :^0

I never told that joke - I'm typing this virtually!!

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computechdan

i agree he's prolly lie'n like a rug
the first post gives excellent advice, anytime u encounter this type of problem the drive should be imaged at least once, twice if u wish to repair one and analize the other, but always secure the original drive where it can not be tampered with untill such time as u are sure legal actions will not ensue. the orginal drive has no value in court if it is modified after u take control of the computer