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The US Department of Defense has said that it will begin to block access to several popular websites including YouTube and MySpace. Soldiers will no longer be able to access these sites through DoD computers and networks.
According to a Defense Department spokesman Commander Jeffrey Gordon, the policy is designed primarily to prevent military internet connections from being overwhelmed by uploads and downloads of bandwidth-hungry multimedia clips (such as video footage). US soliders fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq have used popular social networking websites to share information with families and friends back home.
However, Commander Gordon also confirmed that the ban is also designed to protect against malicious code such as spyware breaking into military computers in the field.
Recent research published by Sophos revealed that 70% of the webpages which contain malicious code are on legitimate websites that are vulnerable to attack because they were unpatched, poorly coded or had not been maintained by their owners.
Sophos experts revealed earlier this month that it identified 245,790 webpages hosting malicious code in April, averaging at 8,193 infected webpages each day.
Do you worry that your users may be gobbling up bandwidth by accessing websites which are not work-related? Are you concerned that social networking sites may introduce malicious threats into your business that may compromise your network?
If you're worried about these issues, but still aren't controlling your user's web access then we would be interested in knowing why.