Pentagon Bans Flash Drives and DVDs in Response to Cyber Attack

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harrypeezey

 About 2 weeks ago on our last field excercise in korea, somebody decided to use a UNCLASSIFIED flash drive on a SECRET laptop. The virus showed up on Norton AntiVirus as "SillyGovernment". A couple of expensive laptops had to be rebooted or "ghosted" because the virus took over and destroyed the software. It could be the same thing that was reported on the news. Just puttin that out there.

     signed,

        some army dude

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Keith E. Whisman

Good now I hope that they quit selling secrets to the Chinese and Russians as well. At least try to catch the people doing it and hang them for it. Hard drives are constantly disappearing in our Nuclear research facilities and labs. It happens so much that it doesn't even make the news anymore. And the Chinese, Iranians, Russians, and North Koreans don't exactly like us. Why should we trust them not to use our secrets against us. We need to start growing some balls and caring more about ourselves and less about the rest of the fucking world. We need to kill our enemies and protect our interests and demand our enemies to pay us tribute to keep us from destroying their asses. Cue up Battle Hymn of the Republic somebody...

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nsvander

I find this funny that they are just now disabling access to thumb drives and burners.  My wife and mother-in-law both work for a major health care company, and they both have company issue laptops.  They order them sans optical drives and all usb ports are disabled so you cannot use a thumb drive, ext. HDD, or usb burner.  They have been this way for years, nice to see the military finally catching up to the private sector.

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jwalch.hawk

I can see this being a bit of a pain in the butt, but I'm actually glad to see them airing on the side of paranoia...  I mean, this *is* the military after all.

Maybe they need some kind of device that they can run the storage media (ie, flash drive or writeable DVD/CD) through to determine that it's "clean"?

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karnak

They must have got one of those email chain letters and are just taking the necessary precautions. 

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Hitman

I am in the Military and this affects all computers connected U.S. Military networks worldwide. Starting Monday they disabled access to USB ports and Optical Drives by users. It has been very inconvenient, now the only way to transfer documents between computers is by email, and that’s restricted to 4mbs for most users. If you want to transfer a large PowerPoint presentation you have to get permission from your local IT department. The bigger picture is this is a small inconvenience to protect our Military Networks, and we really have no choice but to comply.

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Gigabyte

Thanks for all that info Hitman. Now we will start sending <4mb emails that have viruses embedded in powerpoint presentations... which will be about OPSEC & Information Assurance.

The users obviously need more training. its a shame some people never learn.

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