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State of Connecticut website link directed users to porn

The Connecticut state government may have a website problem, but state official are working to address it as soon as possible.

A link for “Core Standards for Teachers” posted on Connecticut’s government website under “Curriculum and Instruction” directed web users to a pornographic site for those looking to hook up for a night.

Under a normal Google search, the Connecticut Core Standards brings users to variety of links and educational directions for Common Core learning, but the link provided under CT.Gov’s Curriculum and Instruction website was definitely Not Safe for Work.

The website featured nude women and asked the user if they are looking for sex and are over 18 years old.

The Connecticut Department of Education has subsequently fixed the offending link and is encouraging other educational partners and districts to review their web material.

Peter Yazbak, Communications Director for the Connecticut Department of Education, says the site where the link appears is “no longer a domain associated with or owned by the CSDE since last year,” when the CSDE migrated all its content to a new website.

“CSDE has been made aware that the CT Core Standards site has been compromised with inappropriate material,” Yazbak wrote in an email statement. “We have removed the URL from the state website and have advised all districts and educational partners to conduct a thorough review of their own websites and subpages in order to remove any links to the CT Core Standards website which is owned by another entity not associated with the CSDE or the Common Core Standards.”

The CSDE’s quick fix means teachers can once again review Connecticut’s core educational standards through CSDE’s new website without having to lower their own.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, which had millions of people using Zoom and other video-conferencing websites, users would occasionally be “Zoom bombed” by hackers who would post pornographic images during the meetings.

**Meghan Portfolio contributed to this article**

**This article was updated with Peter Yazbak’s comments**

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