In Wake of WikiLeaks, Military Bans Removable Media

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penguinboy

The author pointed out that hard drives are removable, but that can be stopped too.  A computer can do a network boot, obviating the need for a hard drive.  If classified documents are kept on a secure network, getting rid of hard drives and not allowing removable devices to come in contact with the computers makes it very difficult to remove classified data electronically.  Granted, that doesn't stop people with access to the data from relaying the information in other ways.

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The kid-private copied files on to cd's(?) from supposedly secure military terminal(s). If the private's copied data, that we public folks are being made aware of, was so 'bad' to have loose, and for us to know about, what about the stuff that has been obtained from these same systems by real bad-guy, trained spies ? 

As for Wikileaks; its' just another portal. The same copied files could have, and may have, been sent elsewhere. Perhaps it's better if we turn-off the Internet and watch lots of enriching television.

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eric0rr

they did this years ago across states, they are just now doing it nation wide

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shdwdragon7

That's OLD News.  We haven't been able to put flash drives or external hdd on ANY (NIPR or SIPR) government computers for a few years now.  The memo they're talking about is just restating a standing policy.

 

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

I have no pity for anyone who would sell out his county at any price, real or imagined. Rather than the silly restrictions, the military should focus on making an example of the traitors.

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Ghok

No information was "sold". It was leaked by a disillusioned service member who saw the military and the government lying. He wasn't paid, he just wanted the information out there. But most people didn't bat an eye, we've come to expect it.

 

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navyvet85

I'm, as my username might state quite obviously, a military veteran.  I worked with SIPRNET pretty much my entire career, and you were never allowed to even think about touching a SIPRNET machine with a flash drive or anything of the sort.  Even if they did begin allowing it, each item that touches a machine automatically becomes the same classification, so anyone who took one from the facility knew what they were doing, and I hope they're punished for it. 

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I Jedi

You mean that only NOW they are enforcing a wide ban on removable media? Oh dear, I fear this Republic cannot suffer the incompetence of its government for much longer.

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timekills

The comment that classified material is not needed by most service members is patently incorrect. the SIPRNET is the primary source of operations while deployed - hopefully for obvious reasons. A primary reason is because the SIPRNET has no direct unencrypted physical connection to the publicly accessible (and therefore inherently less secure) Internet.

Besides the passing of mission data and orders - a huge reason why many military need access to SIPR even though originally not expected - is the passage of other data such as communications security keys. Often that sort of data needs to be extracted from the PC via removable source. When USB drives were disabled a couple years ago on military PCs it was a huge challenge.

Most traffic has begun to be moved to coalition (NATO) secure networks, since typically non-US personnel are not allowed unencumbered access to SIPRNET. I wonder how the US plans to enforce these rules on NATO secure systems. The US is the primary installer/maintainer of both the transport and systems on those networks, so could likely impose their will on those systems as well, but I'd expect some backlash.

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Ghok

Admittedly, I'm no expert on SIPRNET. I can now see why removable devices would be useful.

I guess I need to restate my point, as I was not clear. I don't see why everyone should have access to the things Manning had access to. The security there, from his own admission, was a joke.

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Ghok

Even by Manning's own admission, there were waaaay bigger security lapses than just allowing removable media.

I really don't think this will make things harder for service members. Classified information shouldn't be something that's widely needed by many people, and doesn't need to be on many computers.

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nadako

You can only slow the flow of info but you cant stop it completly. And if wiki leaks dies if you think it can... People that could see it comming would just save everything to their hard drive then post it later on. I also find it funny on how the goverment is saying that wikileaks is very irresponsable in publishing the leaks. But in wiki leaks view people have the right to know and we do.

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