Restricted Web Content

In accordance with the General Order 50 – Acceptable Use Policy, IT has implemented enhanced web content restriction to improve security and legal compliance. In some cases the user is warned about the content, and may continue to the site. In other cases content is restricted and the user may not access the content without documented requirements. If you have a business need to access these sites, please refer to General Order 50, to document the access required.

VMI subscribes to a service that dynamically blocks access to legitimate sites that may become infected. Once the infection remediation has completed, the service enables access again.

Web content categories affected and their descriptions are: 

Categories IPC Action
IPC Action
Adult and Pornography Block Warn Sexually explicit material for the purpose of arousing a sexual or prurient interest. Adult products including sex toys, CD-ROMs, and videos. Online groups, including newsgroups and forums, that are sexually explicit in nature. Erotic stories and textual descriptions of sexual acts. Adult services including videoconferencing, escort services, and strip clubs. Sexually explicit art.
Bot Nets Block     Block These are URLs, typically IP addresses, which are determined to be part of a Bot network, from which network attacks are launched. Attacks may include SPAM messages, DOS, SQL injections, proxy jacking, and other unsolicited contacts.
Confirmed Spam Sources Block Block A confirmed source of junk email or unsolicited bulk email with the possible malicious intent of sending users to phishing web sites, or sites hosting malware.
Hacking Warn Warn Illegal or questionable access to or the use of communications equipment/software. Development and distribution of programs that may allow compromise of networks and systems. Avoidance of licensing and fees for computer programs and other systems.
Hate and Racism Warn Warn Sites that support content and languages or hate crime and racism such as Nazi, neo-Nazi, Ku Klux Klan, etc.
Illegal Block Block Criminal activity, how not to get caught, copyright and intellectual property violations, etc.
Keyloggers & Monitoring Warn Warn Downloads and discussion of software agents that track a user's keystrokes or monitor their web surfing habits.
Malware Sites Block Block Malicious content including executables, drive-by infection sites, malicious scripts, viruses, trojans, and code.
Online Gambling Block Warn Gambling or lottery web sites that invite the use of real or virtual money. Information or advice for placing wagers, participating in lotteries, gambling, or running numbers. Virtual casinos and offshore gambling ventures. Sports picks and betting pools. Virtual sports and fantasy leagues that offer large rewards or request significant wagers. Hotel and Resort sites that do not enable gambling on the site are categorized in Travel or Local Information.
Peer to Peer Warn Warn Peer to peer clients and access. Includes torrents, music download programs.
Phishing and other frauds Block Block Phishing, pharming, and other sites that pose as a reputable site, usually to harvest personal information from a user. These sites are typically quite short-lived, so examples do not last long.
Proxy Avoidance & Anonymizers Block Block Proxy servers and other methods to gain access to URLs in any way that bypasses URL filtering or monitoring. Web-based translation sites that circumvent filtering.
SPAM URLs Block Block URLs contained in SPAM.
Spyware  & Adware Block Warn Spyware or Adware sites that provide or promote information gathering or tracking that is unknown to, or without the explicit consent of, the end user or the organization, also unsolicited advertising popups and programs that may be installed on a user's computer.
Unconfirmed Spam Sources Warn Warn An unconfirmed source of junk email or unsolicited bulk email with the possible malicious intent of sending users to phishing web sites, or sites hosting malware.

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