UK: Department of Health blocks 2,000 attempts to access gambling websites

It is not uncommon for employers to block their employees’ access to certain websites such as social media. After all, no employer would like to see their staff distracted by gossip and stories shared by others.

In light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, online gambling activities have exploded. And while some people prefer to enjoy the activity in their free time, others have tried to do it at work. According to a new report released by Metro, the The Department of Health and Social Affairs has blocked more than 2,000 attempts to access gambling websites Last year.

Ministry of Health blocks 2,000 attempts to access gambling websites

Between June and December 2019, only 94 requests for access to gambling sites were blocked. On the other hand, this number soared to 2,081 in 2020. It is important to mention that these are the blocked attempts to access these websites and no details have been revealed as to whether or how many attempts were successful.

The Department of Health has revealed that attempts to access gambling websites have been reported by the reporting system, but no investigation is opened to determine each individual responsible. However, he explained that violations of the IT Acceptable Use Policy are reported to the responsible person even in the event of an unsuccessful attempt.

Overall, the Ministry of Health has blocked 4,035 attempts to access various websites in 2020. In addition to the 2,000 attempts to access gambling sites, there were 406 access attempts peer-to-peer sharing sites. In addition, some 724 attempts were made to access tools that guarantee anonymity when browsing online.

In addition, the systems of the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs blocked some 239 attempts to access websites containing spyware or other malware. Last year, 186 more attempts were linked to ‘tasteless’ content, while 135 have been identified as pornography. The government agency’s filtering system also blocked 126 attempts to access websites with illegal and / or questionable content. Finally and especially, 7 attempts were linked to illegal paraphernalia, while 15 concerned weapons.

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