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Pentagon Hit by Unprecedented Cyber Attack
FoxNews ^ | 11/20/08

Posted on 11/20/2008 4:43:58 PM PST by Sammy67

Edited on 11/20/2008 4:48:23 PM PST by Admin Moderator. [history]

Thursday, November 20, 2008 The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.

The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.


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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: china; coldwar2; communists; computers; crime; cyberattack; cybersecurity; defensedepartment; dod; homelandsecurity; internet; iran; military; nationalsecurity; news; pentagon; russia; sovietunion; spyware; trojan; unitedstates; virus; war; web; worm; wot
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1 posted on 11/20/2008 4:43:59 PM PST by Sammy67
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To: Sammy67

Sounds like a Trojan Dragon.


2 posted on 11/20/2008 4:45:40 PM PST by pbear8 (I have plenty of credit, there is no crunch)
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To: Sammy67

Just wow! The news seems to be getting worse by the hour.


3 posted on 11/20/2008 4:45:59 PM PST by Sleeping Freeper
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To: Sammy67
as a result of the cyber attack, the Defense Department has banned the use of external hardware devices throughout a vast network of military computers.

They'd be better off banning the use of Windows.

4 posted on 11/20/2008 4:46:20 PM PST by zeugma (Who is John Galt?)
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To: ShadowAce; N3WBI3; adam_az; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Tech, security pings


5 posted on 11/20/2008 4:46:32 PM PST by Salo
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To: ShadowAce

What the hell...


6 posted on 11/20/2008 4:46:37 PM PST by rabscuttle385 ("If this be treason, then make the most of it!" --Patrick Henry)
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To: Sammy67

The “weak one” is not even in office yet and we are under attack, Hope for the best but you better be prepared for the worst especially with these bumbling fools who have taken over a once great nation!


7 posted on 11/20/2008 4:47:44 PM PST by ronnie raygun ( When CHANGE comes let me know, I'll put my tin foil hat on and sit in front of myTV)
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To: Sammy67

China. They’ve been moving towards this capability for years.

I hope the fact that we never hear anything about American cyberwar capability comes from the fact that the military treats it as one of the most crucial weapons we have, rather than something that is beneath us as a nation.


8 posted on 11/20/2008 4:48:27 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? YOU ARE A SOCIALIST WITH NO RATIONAL ARGUMENT.)
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To: Sammy67

Ummm... even my company already bans the use of external flash drives and DVD’s.


9 posted on 11/20/2008 4:49:49 PM PST by SlapHappyPappy
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To: Sammy67

Well, now that our enemies have little to fear, most likely this will just be the start of a rash of attacks on America, cyber or otherwise....


11 posted on 11/20/2008 4:52:21 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Sammy67
The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.

This has been an ongoing practice for MANY insurance companies to protect patients info. The access with flash drive is limited and on need basis. You'd think the DoD is smarter than this!
12 posted on 11/20/2008 4:52:25 PM PST by FORTRUTHONLY (Easy as 3.14159265358979323846...)
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To: Sammy67
Bringing a thumb drive or other media into a classified environment will probably get your clearance pulled. There is a valid concern about viruses coming into the environment and classified data leaving improperly.
13 posted on 11/20/2008 4:55:11 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: rabscuttle385; indcons; Army Air Corps; TigerLikesRooster; JACKRUSSELL; Jeff Head; All
Red Chinese PLAN hackers...

China’s cyber army is preparing to march on America, says Pentagon

14 posted on 11/20/2008 4:55:36 PM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: snowrip

Just wait ‘till they buy GM and Chrysler...


15 posted on 11/20/2008 4:58:08 PM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: Myrddin

This ban is on all govt owned computers, not jus those that handle classified data.


16 posted on 11/20/2008 4:59:13 PM PST by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: snowrip
"China. They’ve been moving towards this capability for years."

Agreed. I met the head of Information Assurance for the Air Force and he told me the following stark fact. Surprisingly, it was unclassified.

"To all of my fellow officers, in all other service branches and even the Air Force, our enemy is radical Islam. They fight the War on Terror."

"As for me, I stand alone. I have a single enemy. It is China. We have thousands of attempted network penetrations originating in China each day."

"We will win the War on Terror. But our real enemy is China."

Chilling thought. I hope we are sending back just what they are dishing out, in spades.

17 posted on 11/20/2008 5:00:10 PM PST by tom h
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To: Sammy67

DOD bans the use of removable, flash-type drives on all government computers

http://www.stripes.com/article.asp?section=104&article=58951


18 posted on 11/20/2008 5:00:14 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: SlapHappyPappy
Ummm... even my company already bans the use of external flash drives and DVD’s.

And your company's sysadmin also know people are probably ignoring those requests, too. I read about a security audit where the auditors simply tossed a handful of usb thumb drives outside their customer's office. Each key had a trojan on it that didn't do any harm, but did let the auditors know it was used. By the end of the day they "heard" from many of those drives.

One thing I've though odd is that there isn't a larger market for thin client devices or workstation PCs built with better external-device-lockout capability. Most workstations are built with making life simple for the computer-ignorant, which also makes life simple for attackers, too.

19 posted on 11/20/2008 5:02:50 PM PST by kittycatonline.com
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To: zeugma
They'd be better off banning the use of Windows.

That is a very profound statement, and true statement. DoD already has moved toward Apple servers. They should adopt Mac desktops and laptops also. Our troops deserve the best.

20 posted on 11/20/2008 5:03:22 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: Sammy67

This happened a few days ago. It makes it really hard to get any work done. Fo shizzle.


21 posted on 11/20/2008 5:03:48 PM PST by MatD
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To: All

I am still serving on active duty and I can attest to this as being true. Damn Russians or Chicoms are still up to no good! This has been a major pain in the ass and trying to get work done has really become difficult.


22 posted on 11/20/2008 5:05:46 PM PST by 82ndABNOfficer
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To: ronnie raygun

We have been under attack for months now! Economic terrorism is what I call it. Now cyber attack too. They had best get some excellent security folks down there fast! It’s amazing to me that if one wants to contact Microsoft, their security is like a maze, but cyber attacks can happen at the Pentagon?? Inexcusable! China hackers have done this enough times to our govt. computers, this should not still be able to happen.


23 posted on 11/20/2008 5:06:11 PM PST by gidget7 (Duncan Hunter-Valley Forge Republican!)
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To: Sammy67

The fact that they discovered it means that the meaningful data was stolen weeks ago. In January they can purchase their own passwords or hadn’t you noticed the number of Clintonistas in the administration of change.


24 posted on 11/20/2008 5:07:21 PM PST by Steamburg ( Your wallet speaks the only language most politicians understand.)
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To: stuartcr
This ban is on all govt owned computers, not jus those that handle classified data.

Oh? I sure hope we're thinking about getting our troops back home if we're going to kill their capabilities so much!

25 posted on 11/20/2008 5:07:25 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: kittycatonline.com
The USB ports have been deactivated on the machines in my work environment. Just one more step in getting things secured. Thankfully, I don't have the same problem around the house.
26 posted on 11/20/2008 5:07:35 PM PST by Myrddin
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To: Allegra
Intel Ping. Cyber Attack on MilNets.
27 posted on 11/20/2008 5:07:50 PM PST by Candor7 (Fascism? All it takes is for good men to say nothing, ( member NRA)
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To: Sammy67

Monday, I went to buy a pwrball ticket. Something went wrong with the computers not only at the store but the whole network. The store could only let me buy as high as $5 in cash or check, no credit cards or debit cards and nothing higher than $5. I immediately thought that a hacker did some damage but no one could tell me anything.


28 posted on 11/20/2008 5:07:54 PM PST by lilylangtree (Veni, Vidi, Vici)
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To: Sammy67

All you secrets are belong to us. /PRC

You set us up the bomb!

Chineese hardware w/backdoors... = the bomb.


29 posted on 11/20/2008 5:08:31 PM PST by 1ofmanyfree ((No jobs, licenses,mortgages,bank accounts or amnesty for any illegal alien criminals ! ))
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To: Sammy67

Why are DOD assets connected to the commercial Internet anyway??? The DOD should have all sensitive computers off of the grid and the DOD should create its own grid off of the World Wide Web for its own internal use, with its own Operating Software. External drivers would be banned from the network, and there would be no outside access to the network, except for Federal departments that need to have it. That would put an end to most of these cyberattacks cold.


30 posted on 11/20/2008 5:09:09 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: Sammy67
The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.

The Global Obama liberal worm?

31 posted on 11/20/2008 5:10:08 PM PST by EGPWS (Trust in God, question everyone else)
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To: Cindy

ping


32 posted on 11/20/2008 5:10:13 PM PST by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Sammy67

BTW, I also suspect a Chinese and/or Russian origin to these attacks, but Iran can’t be ruled out either.


33 posted on 11/20/2008 5:10:13 PM PST by Thunder90
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To: ronnie raygun
Hope for the best but you better be prepared for the worst especially with these bumbling fools who have taken over a once great nation!

It is hard for me, as a veteran, to believe that the "bumbling fools" are the ones in uniform. In my opinion, it is time for the military folks to reread their oath.

34 posted on 11/20/2008 5:10:40 PM PST by OBXWanderer (www.dontvoterino.com)
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To: zeugma; big'ol_freeper; Swordmaker
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35 posted on 11/20/2008 5:11:53 PM PST by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/_______Profile finally updated Saturday, October 11, 2008 !!!)
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To: MatD; 82ndABNOfficer

I feel for you.

Our warriors shouldn’t have to go out onto the modern battlefield with such restrictions. I can’t figure out a way to word this without sounding naïve, but I hope we can find some way around the restriction without too much vulnerability. We can’t stay pinned down by the threat.


36 posted on 11/20/2008 5:12:24 PM PST by Gondring (Paul Revere would have been flamed as a naysayer troll and told to go back to Boston.)
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To: Sammy67

In preparation for what one wonders...

I agree not good... small, random, tests occasionally to probe makes sense — a large-scale attack mkaes sense only as a prelude to something SOON... else, you are just teaching us your capabilities and allowing us time to fix things...

weird


37 posted on 11/20/2008 5:13:35 PM PST by NYC_BULLMOOSE ("extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" -- BG)
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To: SlapHappyPappy

I’m curious as to why?


38 posted on 11/20/2008 5:14:26 PM PST by rintense (I don't wanna gain the whole world and lose my soul~ TobyMac (are you listening Obamabots?))
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To: nnn0jeh

ping


39 posted on 11/20/2008 5:15:37 PM PST by kalee
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To: 1ofmanyfree
So why are we not just clobbering all these clowns with bombs, These slant eyed criminals cant be all that great,viruses work both ways
40 posted on 11/20/2008 5:15:53 PM PST by reefdiver (How do you keep the Conservative a Conservative, in Washington DC ?)
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To: big'ol_freeper

No, DoD should not move toward Macs. We used them in my area for a few years and got rid of them by the end of 2004. I can dispel the myth that Macs don’t crash, we used OSX and it was the biggest piece of crap ever. Performance was terrible and applications would freeze all over the place.

I don’t know where you’re getting the idea that DoD is moving toward Apple, that isn’t true at all. All new computers are loaded with Vista. They’d be better loading legacy Win XP, but you can’t buy it anymore.


41 posted on 11/20/2008 5:17:13 PM PST by Excuse_My_Bellicosity (Never argue with idiots. They'll pull you down to their level, then beat you with experience.)
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To: Jarhead2844; USMCWriter; 1stbn27; 2111USMC; 2nd Bn, 11th Mar; 68 grunt; A.A. Cunningham; ASOC; ...

Ping


42 posted on 11/20/2008 5:18:15 PM PST by freema (MarineNiece,Daughter,Wife,Friend,Sister,Friend,Aunt,Friend,Mother,Friend,Cousin, FRiend)
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner
...not good..

From the article you posted...

"Sami Saydjari, who has been working on cyber defence systems for the Pentagon since the 1980s, told Congress in testimony on April 25 that a mass cyber attack could leave 70 per cent of the US without electrical power for six months." "He told The Times that all major nations – including China – were scrambling to defend against, and working out ways to cause, “maximum strategic damage” by taking out banking systems, power grids and communications networks. He said that there were at least a thousand attempted attacks every hour on American computers. “China is aggressive in this,” he said. "

43 posted on 11/20/2008 5:20:19 PM PST by Earthdweller (Socialism makes you feel better about oppressing people.....)
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To: zeugma

THAT was funny. I run Parallels on my Mac, and I felt like I was loading a virus when I installed Windows....


44 posted on 11/20/2008 5:21:13 PM PST by Konacoast (Mohamed was a community organizer.)
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To: freema

Be careful Ma I think that’s what started the last one.....


45 posted on 11/20/2008 5:21:34 PM PST by usmcobra (Go ask Obama for your change, and don't bug me!)
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To: tom h

bttt


46 posted on 11/20/2008 5:23:36 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life ;o)
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To: Sammy67

The U.S. government should publicly acknowledge
that China is the top spy threat to the
United States and ban its microchips and associated hardware.


47 posted on 11/20/2008 5:23:54 PM PST by 1ofmanyfree ((No jobs, licenses,mortgages,bank accounts or amnesty for any illegal alien criminals ! ))
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To: Agent Orange Peel
I suppose that means another bailout. This one probably $200 billion for Pentagon computers.

Naw, don't need to replace the hardware, just the OS. Windows is not a very good description for a secure defense agency.

I hear the NSA puts out a locked down version of Linux. And It would be free. We could save money by not having to license winders from redmond.

48 posted on 11/20/2008 5:25:05 PM PST by AFreeBird
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To: Sammy67

ping


49 posted on 11/20/2008 5:25:06 PM PST by unkus
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To: Sammy67

It’s probably Skynet - cue music for “Terminator - The Sarah Palin Chronicles.”

You might as well laugh, nothing else seems to help.


50 posted on 11/20/2008 5:26:04 PM PST by Lou Budvis (0bama, Spread your own ------n wealth)
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