May 15, 2007 113 reads by Navneet Kaushal

In a memo sent on Friday by Gen. B.B. Bell, the U.S. Forces Korea commander said the Defense Department would deliberately block access to 13 websites on its network. The 13 include YouTube, MySpace, Metacafe, IFilm, StupidVideos, FileCabi, BlackPlanet, Hi5, Pandora, MTV, 1.fm, live365 and Photobucket.

The Defense Department states “recreational traffic” as the reason for the ban. "This recreational traffic impacts our official DoD network and bandwidth ability, while posing a significant operational security challenge," said the memo.

"Wherever you have sites this popular, you have the potential for malicious activity. A secondary benefit of restricting use of these sites is for operational security." said a spokesman for US Strategic Command and Joint Task Force-Global Network Operations.

Soldiers use these sites to keep in touch with family and friends back home. However, soldiers are not stopped from e-mailing letters and photos back home.

Navneet Kaushal

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Navneet Kaushal is the founder and CEO of PageTraffic, an SEO Agency in India with offices in Chicago, Mumbai and London. A leading search strategist, Navneet helps clients maintain an edge in search engines and the online media. Navneet's expertise has established PageTraffic as one of the most awarded and successful search marketing agencies.
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