Saga officials: Prefectural worker browsed porn on government PC

Worker claimed porn was 'necessary for work'

A male employee for Saga Prefecture (whose logo is shown above) received a pay cut for browsing adult sites while on the job
A male employee for Saga Prefecture (whose logo is shown above) received a pay cut for browsing adult sites while on the job

SAGA (TR) – A male employee in the Saga regional exchange department was given a pay cut for browsing adult web sites at work on a government computer, prefectural officials said on Monday.

Saga prefectural officials said the worker, who is in his 60s, was given a pay cut of 10 percent that will extend for six months for visiting adult sites 48 times from April 4 to May 17, the Sankei Shimbun reports (September 5).

The man was caught after his browsing history was investigated when the prefecture’s security system detected connections to web sites that risk transmitting viruses.

There were no sensitive information leaks and the computer in question was isolated from the prefectural network, officials said.

The worker was reprimanded by the department head in September 2013 and March 2015 for browsing adult sites and infecting computers with viruses, according to the Saga Shimbun, but claimed he “accidentally visited the site” and it was “necessary for work.”

The worker, who handles art-related matters, claimed he was browsing a wide range of web sites because “they could end up being related with work.”

But the worker allegedly admitted the adult sites were “unrelated to work,” the Saga reported.

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