DISA blocks DoD employee access to video sites

The Pentagon’s Cyber Command has shut down Defense workers’ access to popular video sites including YouTube, Amazon, and Googlevideo. The tremendous demand to see the Japan earthquake is eating up bandwidth already weakened by Internet problems in that part of the world. Cyber Command has directed the Defense Information Systems Agency to temporarily restrict access to the websites. Most employees see the message “Website Blocked” in bright red letters when they go to one of the sites. Cyber Command says the sites have been blocked at the request of U.S. Pacific Command to help meet the needs of the military because its networks and circuits in the region are facing extreme demands.

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