CEOs Gone Wild: Executives Watching Porn Is a Leading Cause of Corporate Malware

Talk about slackin’ off at work…

  • Share
  • Read Later
Getty Images

The sexy inclinations of corporate America’s top executives are a leading cause of corporate malware, according to a new survey from ThreatTrack Security. The survey of 200 U.S.-based data security analysts reveals that 40 percent removed malware from a senior manager’s computer or mobile device after the frisky executive visited an X-rated website.

Other leading causes of malware include executives clicking on malicious links in spam emails and lending company devices to their family members, the survey found.

Though malware poses a security threat, it appears companies are not being held accountable for their executives’ naughty behavior. The survey indicates that 57 percent of data breaches are not disclosed to company’s clients, partners or other affected parties.

Watching porn at work is a fire-able offense if it violates your employer’s computer-use policies, Wired notes. Even so, the temptation appears to be a significant distraction for many. Nielsen reported that about 29 percent of working American adults watched porn on work computers in March 2010. Don’t you people have work to do?

(h/t: PC Mag)

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Americans who viewed porn on work computers did so, on average, for an hour and 45 minutes per day. An hour and 45 minutes is actually the amount of time that users who looked at pornographic websites spent on those sites over the course of one month.

3 comments
mary.waterton
mary.waterton

Now you know what they do for those MULTI-MILLION dollar salaries with stock options, pensions, etc.

Canvasback
Canvasback

SMH. Look, we don't hire eunuchs to sit in those corner offices. They've got that drive and they use it. Of course it would be insensitive to provide a harem. The problem with porn is that it's insular, they're not reaching out to a real human. With their emotions adrift, their egos have more to fear. Not good for the person, not good for the company.

epitygxanwn
epitygxanwn

So Dogbert was right when he scolded the Pointy Haired Boss for taking art classes so he could look at statues of naked women!

This reckless abuse is just another example of how the corporate executive class relies on class privilege to insulate themselves from having to pay for the damage they do to the companies they are supposed to be managing.