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Ohio state worker downloaded thousands of comics, movies with government computers

From the inspector general's report

From the inspector general’s report

An employee of the Ohio Department of Health has reportedly confessed to illegally downloading, television series and more than 30,000 comic books from torrent sites to state computers.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Edward Jones Jr., who has worked in information technology for the agency since 1992, admitted to the activity during an investigation by the inspector general’s office initiated last year after an allegation by media giant Viacom that copyrighted material had been downloaded using a state IP address.

According to the inspector general’s report, Jones initially suggested that Viacom might have simply detected him downloading “suspicious programs” or viruses to an unauthorized third computer for analysis as part of his job. Shortly after that first interview, in April 2012, Jones reportedly attempted to delete more than 5,000 files from the computer and an external hard drive; investigators were later able to recover those video and comic book files. They also determined that Jones was a member of several torrenting websites, where he both downloaded and uploading files.

During a second interview, in July 2013, Jones reportedly described himself as a comic book collector, but initially said he may have downloaded the list of comics but not the actual files. When confronted with images of three of the covers from the recovered files, he allegedly copped first only downloading the covers, and then, who told the entire comics were found on the drive, said he “would just take the cover and throw the rest away.”

Ultimately, Jones is said to have confessed to downloading comic books and that he “probably” downloaded some video files so he could record the TV series theme songs for his blog. Asked why those actions wouldn’t violate copyright laws, he’s quoted as replying, “I’ll take ownership of being lazy. Of not caring. Not being careful.” However, Jones insisted he wasn’t downloading the works for profit. “I guess I’m in a lot of trouble but it was not intentional, but I’ll own up to (it),” he told investigators.

In its report, the inspector general recommends the Ohio Department of Health address improper computer use, and remove any software determined to be unauthorized. It’s also forwarding the findings of the investigation to U.S. attorney, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Franklin County prosecutor and the Columbus city prosecutor

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But…but it’s Comics! It’s not like he was downloading porn or something!

Uhhh, why are they forwarding the info to Homeland Security? He’s not a terrorist and he wasn’t hacking into any government files. Yeah, he worked for the Ohio Dept. of Health but he was downloading comics and tv shows!

Right, Homeland Security for torrented comic books is Massive Overkill. But that the way our system works, or rather reacts.

Really? Guy’s a moron and a half. I just mean, really? How clueless do you have to be to use a work computer for something like that? Let alone a gov’t work computer.

“Uhhh, why are they forwarding the info to Homeland Security? He’s not a terrorist and he wasn’t hacking into any government files.”

Piracy/criminal copyright infringement falls under Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is one of the 30 or so agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

@Kevin Melrose

Haha I love how ducking confusing bureaucracies are

I like how this shows clearly Marvel/DC aren’t doing anything to monitor piracy.
he downloads 30.000 comics, and only gets caught because a movie corp noticed his activity.

I used to pirate comics a lot, but then the Marvel Unlimited app came out. Even though it’s buggy as hell, it’s still better than what I can get by pirating. Nowadays, I mostly only pirate DC comics, because they don’t have an unlimited streaming site.

“I used to pirate comics a lot, but then the Marvel Unlimited app came out. Even though it’s buggy as hell, it’s still better than what I can get by pirating. Nowadays, I mostly only pirate DC comics, because they don’t have an unlimited streaming site.”

I did too, but I don’t anymore b/c when it comes down to it, neither company has stuff WORTH pirating these days…

I’m nowhere near caught up with their current output. I’m in January 1977 for Marvel and May 1991 for DC.

Our tax dollars at work.

“neither company has stuff WORTH pirating these days…”

Sad, but true. The only comics I read anymore are Walking Dead, Savage Dragon and Invincible. The occasional mini-series… might pick up Saga. What can I say, I like Image.

This is embarrassing for the guy… but gee, c’mon, it’s pretty harmless. I feel bad that he’s getting roasted in the media for this.

That said … it should be pretty obvious to must of us never to use our work computer for personal use… especially if you work for the government.

Your tax dollars at work.

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