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Devastating Military Security Breach Exposed Combat Data

Aug 26, 2010, 16:05 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Barrett)

"A foreign intelligence agent in 2008 managed to pull off the "most significant breach of U.S. military computers" in history by using a cigarette-lighter-sized portable flash drive to infect computers used by Central Command to oversee combat activities in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a U.S. defense official.

"The breach, unprecedented in both the size and the nature of information that was then easily transferred to servers in enemy countries, was first reported by the L.A. Times in November 2008. But neither the U.S. government's response to nor the damning scope of the breach had been widely discussed until an article penned by U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn III confirmed many of the details this week in the September/October issue of the journal Foreign Affairs."

I guess those bad foreign infiltrators don't follow the rules, like the USB device ban. And they're still not saying "Windows." The Foreign Affairs article is worth reading, if only for its missing some seriously obvious points, like "don't use a proven malware vector like Windows." --ed.

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