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First things first in financial crisis: SEC workers spend hours surfing porn

SecDuring times when the Security and Exchange Commission was supposed to be monitoring and erecting safeguards on the financial industry and economy, high-level regulators were spending hours surfing pornographic websites.

The SEC is tasked with policing the financial industry, including fraud. but some senior officials spent more time on porn sites than doing their actual jobs, according to a report by ABC News.

One senior SEC attorney in Washington spent up to 8 hours per day accessing adult content, filling his government-issued computer to the brim with naughty pictures at which point he began burning additional content to CDs and DVDs, the report said. 

Bernie Madoff naked?

It's unclear whether this was all done during regular work hours or if he took his laptop home or elsewhere to do his business.

Another SEC worker, a female SEC accountant, tried to access porn online 1,800 times during a two-week marathon session and accumulated 600 porn images on her hard drive.

For more on the SEC escapades, hit the link at the top of this post. The report gives a whole new meaning to the popular Internet phrase "not suitable for work" (NSFW).

-- Mark Milian

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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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