Skip to comments.'Pentagon's computer network was breached by foreign power' (most serious breach ever)
Posted on 08/25/2010 8:55:41 PM PDT by VRWCTexan
A foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Pentagon computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop, a top defense official said Wednesday.
(Excerpt) Read more at jpost.com ...
you mean the Obama’s were allowed on a pentagon laptop ?
Can’t link to the site.
However, if the story is true, somebody left the “GATES” open, eh Secretary?
The military had a ban on flash drives for several months then lifted it because they installed patches.
This could be old news recycled, or the patch/protocols didn’t work.
JP is in overload - another story here:
If it’s “recycled” I must have missed it the first time...?
The story said it happened in 2008.
Yes - but it also says “The previously classified incident”.....
...sorry if this is all Somehow OLD news to everyone on FR
Personally I do not recall seeing it reported
Pentagon is now infested with Muslims and Muslim Brotherhood agenst and moles.
I was not talking to you, I was responding to DBrow, who said it might be old news recycled. If people would take time out of their busy schedules to ACTUALLY READ THE ARTICLE it might be easier to have these conversations. The article says the lapse happened in 2008, but now they are allowing limited use of flash drives again. I don’t remember seeing the story before, either.
And this is the outfit (U.S. Government) that some people are willing to trust to manage and control their healthcare? They obviously have a death wish!
The link didn’t work for me.
OK, it’s an old story. If you went to do a presentation to the military, and had your nifty animated presentation in color animated Powerpoint on a flash drive, you could not connect it to the military’s computer, no way. Not flash, SD, CF, MiniSd, or whatever. CD, DVD was OK. Using your own computer connected to the projector was OK if you could get your computer on base and into the scif.
This went on for quite a while. GPIA, but if you knew, you burned to disc if your material was small enough.
Flash drives are OK now in limited cases because they fixed it. The rules vary by location. Personally I try to use my own computer rather than risk sticking my flash in someone’s port. That port has all the viruses of everyone who’s jacked into that port- wait, where have I heard that before?
The reason was a breach, probably described in the article I can’t read. It could spread by flash drive, too, and the commercial world has not responded fully yet.
Many major corporations are in the process of cracking down on flash drives. Drives so big now that they can hold a complete operating system, and who knows what programs. You can now easily swallow 16 GB.
That is true, and I could never understand the rationale behind the initial ban, which applied to flash drives, but not other media such as CDs, DVDs and portable USB drives. I suppose if someone had taken the data by printing it out on paper they would have banned paper, simply as an earnest of their desire to "fix" the problem. And all of this applied to the unsecured portion of the military network, where classified information is not supposed to be stored or transmitted.
Apparent related story April 2009? - reporting multiple security breaches (as a result of the initial 2008 breach?)
This article pins it on the Chicoms
Attacks like these — or U.S. awareness of them — appear to have escalated in the past six months, said one former official briefed on the matter. “There’s never been anything like it,” this person said, adding that other military and civilian agencies as well as private companies are affected. “It’s everything that keeps this country going.”
Aug 25, 2010
Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn III, in an article to be published by the journal Foreign Affairs, writes that a flash drive inserted into a laptop on a military post in the Middle East in 2008 caused the most significant breach of military computers.
Malicious code placed on the drive by a foreign intelligence agency uploaded itself onto a network run by the U.S. Central Command, according to the article.
“That code spread undetected on both classified and unclassified systems, establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead, from which data could be transferred to servers under foreign control,” Lynn says in the article, as quoted by the Washington Post. “
My first thought...where was Hussein?
It included USB drives and card readers. Not discs, as you pointed out.
Aug 25, 2010
Lynn’s decision to declassify an incident that Defense officials had kept secret reflects the Pentagon’s desire to raise congressional and public concern....
I think this is an old story,,,
I never read where the flash drive came from though,,,
Did somebody swap out a clean one for one with a Kootie ?...