A high-security Norwegian prison has experienced a unique event: a man was caught watching pornography on his TV after he hacked into the jail’s network system to view and distribute the content.

Jan StrØmnes, a prison officer, has been quoted by The Local Norway while explaining the nature of the hack and how they were alerted to it. He said, “We reacted when we noticed unusually high data traffic and that inmates were having more than normal trouble with their TVs. In addition, we found a handwritten note with a log-in on an inmate during a search.”

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An inside view of Norway’s nicest prison system | Image credit: Norway Local

Inmates in this prison are provided with luxurious amenities that include mini-fridges, flat-screen TVs and en-suites. This is based on the country’s principle of rehabilitating detainees over penalising them.

The prison officials were, however, forced to promptly reconfigure their network to maintain this as an isolated case: “We have gone through the TV system with these security concerns in mind and built it up again. Today, inmates only have regular TV.”

A similar incident took place in Brazil a couple weeks ago when an unknown hacker or a group of hackers hacked into the computer system of Boqueirao bus terminal in Curitiba. They replaced the bus schedule and advertising on the screen with the pornographic material.

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Screenshot of the digital screen displaying a porn website

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