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Health Department Worker Downloaded Thousands of Movies, TV Shows, Comics Using State Equipment

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An Ohio Department of Health worker downloaded tens of thousands of movies, television shows and comic books using the department’s computer network, compromising security safeguards.

report of the investigation recommends action and changes by the Department of Health to deal with improper computer use. The Health Department has sixty days to respond to the inspector general.

The report notes that its findings would be provided to the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Franklin County prosecutor and the Columbus city prosecutor for their review.

The investigation began after Viacom contacted the Ohio Department of Administrative Services alleging that an IP address belonging to the state was used to download copyrighted materials. The state determined that the computer was the Ohio Department of Health’s and that it was used by an employee who worked with the state Health Department’s IT teams since 1992.

The worker used torrenting software — file distribution software that allows network users to share files through the Internet. He had also used two torrenting sites that have since been closed down by international police efforts.

Via Cleveland.com.

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