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'Pentagon's computer network was breached by foreign power' (most serious breach ever)
Jerusalem Post ^ | 08/26/2010

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 ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2008; classifiedinfo; computers; cybersecurity; cyberspace; cyberstrategy; cyberthreats; cyberwar; dod; fivepillars; flashdrive; lynn; nationalsecurity; obama; pentagon; securitybreach
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1 posted on 08/25/2010 8:55:43 PM PDT by VRWCTexan
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To: VRWCTexan

you mean the Obama’s were allowed on a pentagon laptop ?


2 posted on 08/25/2010 8:57:29 PM PDT by ncalburt (e)
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To: VRWCTexan

Can’t link to the site.

However, if the story is true, somebody left the “GATES” open, eh Secretary?


3 posted on 08/25/2010 8:59:09 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: VRWCTexan

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.


4 posted on 08/25/2010 9:02:46 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

JP is in overload - another story here:

http://www.crn.com/news/security/227001109/pentagon-confirms-2008-cyber-attack-against-u-s-military.htm;jsessionid=+-CV7dMwukyzn1pFAdYdvQ**.ecappj02


5 posted on 08/25/2010 9:05:17 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: DBrow

If it’s “recycled” I must have missed it the first time...?


6 posted on 08/25/2010 9:06:10 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: DBrow

The story said it happened in 2008.


7 posted on 08/25/2010 9:07:11 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

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


8 posted on 08/25/2010 9:11:21 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: VRWCTexan

Pentagon is now infested with Muslims and Muslim Brotherhood agenst and moles.


9 posted on 08/25/2010 9:13:02 PM PDT by Frantzie (Imam Ob*m* & Democrats support the VICTORY MOSQUE & TV supports Imam)
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To: VRWCTexan

Unbelievable.


10 posted on 08/25/2010 9:14:00 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham (It is the duty of the patriot to protect his country from its government -- Thomas Paine)
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To: VRWCTexan

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.


11 posted on 08/25/2010 9:21:11 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: VRWCTexan

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!


12 posted on 08/25/2010 9:22:48 PM PDT by Tucker39
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To: La Lydia

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.


13 posted on 08/25/2010 9:25:43 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: La Lydia
The article says the lapse happened in 2008, but now they are allowing limited use of flash drives again.

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.

14 posted on 08/25/2010 9:31:13 PM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: All

http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB124027491029837401.html

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.”

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/NA_WSJ_PUB:SB124027491029837401.html#ixzz0xgORUEXU


15 posted on 08/25/2010 9:31:33 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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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. “

http://www.govinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=2869


16 posted on 08/25/2010 9:36:02 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: ncalburt

My first thought...where was Hussein?


17 posted on 08/25/2010 9:37:32 PM PDT by South40 ("Islam has a long tradition of tolerance." ~Hussein Obama, June 4, 2009, Cairo, Egypt)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

It included USB drives and card readers. Not discs, as you pointed out.


18 posted on 08/25/2010 9:38:14 PM PDT by DBrow
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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....

http://www.govinfosecurity.com/articles.php?art_id=2869


19 posted on 08/25/2010 9:41:44 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: VRWCTexan

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 ?...


20 posted on 08/25/2010 9:47:32 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

What is NEW is now linked in Post No. 15

The Pentagon has decided just today to “come clean” and declassify the story as to when and how there have been multiple serious national security breaches spanning since 2008

Also see link in Post 13


21 posted on 08/25/2010 9:51:53 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Correction see link in Post 16


22 posted on 08/25/2010 9:53:33 PM PDT by VRWCTexan (Those who forget history, are doomed to repeat it !)
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To: DBrow

A bit pricey, but this one is nice!!!

http://www.buy.com/prod/kingston-256gb-datatraveler-310-usb-flash-drive/q/loc/101/214525951.html


23 posted on 08/25/2010 10:21:01 PM PDT by LayoutGuru2 (0BAMAC0RN)
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To: VRWCTexan

Perhaps this incident is related to the wikileaks.

Reports like this confirm my misgivings in govt, and the bureaucrats who are supposed to serve and protect our nation, and us.

This is a byproduct of equal opportunity for muslims. Where muslims are given preference in govt positions in order to demonstrate to other muslim worlds how tolerant America is.

Apparently after 911, some of our illustrious bureaucrats determined we should seek to befriend muslims, as a strategy to discourage them from murdering us. So they hired them to work in sensitive areas.

“And now, you know the rest of the story.”


24 posted on 08/25/2010 10:21:22 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (America's internal axis of evil: Islamist ,Socialist, Marxist ,RINOist.)
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To: VRWCTexan
It is old news. Operation Rampart Yankee was the response to it, and ever since, no USB thumb drives have been allowed on government computers.

NATO still allows them under some painful use requirements, but it's still better than the standard Army response that is less about solving the problem than it is bludgeoning the problem to death with a blunt instrument.

25 posted on 08/25/2010 10:22:41 PM PDT by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: Future Snake Eater

“no USB thumb drives have been allowed on government computers.”

Thanks. And rest assured, our sensitive documents are safe. Anyone who has ever tread to the dmv to waste a few hours, just so they can acquire permission to drive their car, can attest to this.


26 posted on 08/25/2010 10:50:36 PM PDT by takenoprisoner (America's internal axis of evil: Islamist ,Socialist, Marxist ,RINOist.)
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To: VRWCTexan

When the Boss (Obama) doesn’t care about protecting America, neither do the employees.


27 posted on 08/25/2010 10:58:33 PM PDT by historyrepeatz
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To: VRWCTexan

Two intriguing points:

1) A simultaneous attack was performed on the Department of Justice. See http://spectrum.ieee.org/riskfactor/computing/it/thumb_drive_security_peril_at ...this raises the specter that other attacks were occurring at the time and have not been reported. Or, detected [cue ominous music].

2) Shortly after these attacks, China banned Windows from critical government and military computers, moving instead to a version of FreeBSD Unix (familiar as the underpinnings of Mac OS X). http://www.h-online.com/security/China-installs-a-secure-operating-system-on-all-military-PCs—/news/113298


28 posted on 08/25/2010 11:16:37 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68
"I never read where the flash drive came from though,,,"

See the first link I just posted.
29 posted on 08/25/2010 11:17:27 PM PDT by RightOnTheLeftCoast (Obama: running for re-election in '12 or running for Mahdi now? [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahdi])
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NOTE The following text is a quote:

www.defense.gov//News/NewsArticle.aspx?ID=60600

Lynn Outlines Cyber Threats, Defensive Measures

By Lisa Daniel
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Aug. 25, 2010 – An infected flash drive inserted into a Defense Department computer in 2008 caused “a significant compromise” of the department’s classified computer networks and was a “wake-up call” for Pentagon officials to expedite cyber defense measures, the deputy secretary of defense revealed in a new magazine article.

The previously classified incident caused the most significant breach ever to U.S. military computers, William J. Lynn III wrote for an article appearing in the September/October issue of Foreign Affairs magazine.

Titled “Defending a New Domain,” the article outlines the evolution of computer network threats and measures the department has put into place to deal with them. The frequency and sophistication of intrusions into U.S. military networks have increased exponentially in the past 10 years, Lynn wrote. They now are probed thousands of times and scanned millions of times, every day, he added.

Sometimes the adversaries are successful, Lynn said, and they have acquired thousands of files from Defense Department networks and those of the Pentagon’s industry partners and U.S. allies, including weapons blueprints, operational plans and surveillance data.

To counter the threat, the Pentagon has built “layered and robust defenses” around military networks and created the new U.S. Cyber Command to integrate processes, Lynn said. Department officials are working with their counterparts at the Homeland Security Department, which has jurisdiction over the “dot-com” and “dot-gov” domains, to protect the networks.

The Defense Department has 15,000 networks and 7 million computing devices in use in dozens of countries, with 90,000 people working to maintain them, Lynn said, and it depends heavily on commercial industry for its network operations.

“Information technology enables almost everything the U.S. military does,” Lynn wrote, from logistical support and command and control to real-time intelligence and remote operations. Any future conflict will include cybersecurity, he has said.

In his article, Lynn outlines five pillars of the department’s emerging cybersecurity policy:

— Cyber must be recognized as a warfare domain equal to land, sea, and air;

— Any defensive posture must go beyond “good hygiene” to include sophisticated and accurate operations that allow rapid response;

— Cyber defenses must reach beyond the department’s dot-mil world into commercial networks, as governed by Homeland Security;

— Cyber defenses must be pursued with international allies for an effective “shared warning” of threats; and

— The Defense Department must help to maintain and leverage U.S. technological dominance and improve the acquisitions process to keep up with the speed and agility of the information technology industry.

Pentagon officials are developing a cyber strategy document to be released in the fall. It will address, among other things, any statutory changes needed for cyber defense, and the capability for “automated defenses,” such as the ability block malware at top speed, Lynn has said.

Biographies:
William J. Lynn III

Related Sites:
Foreign Affairs Magazine Article
Special Report: Cybersecurity


30 posted on 08/25/2010 11:34:35 PM PDT by Cindy
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast; VRWCTexan
TANKS a bunch,ya’ll,,,

The Cyber Warfare Center was going to be at Barksdale,AFB

down the road from me,,,

We got the Global Strike Command instead since the nukes

were already here,,,and the B-52’s,,,

That said,,,

Somebody dropped the ball on this one,,,

The CWC’s job was to prevent this “hacking” and to trace

the source and to Cyber Bomb it...

31 posted on 08/25/2010 11:48:45 PM PDT by 1COUNTER-MORTER-68 (THROWING ANOTHER BULLET-RIDDLED TV IN THE PILE OUT BACK~~~~~)
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To: VRWCTexan

Driveby poster.


32 posted on 08/26/2010 12:55:29 AM PDT by upchuck (The Mosque at Ground Zero (sorry AP) is about SUBMISSION, not tolerance.)
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To: VRWCTexan

This story happens every week!

Let me guess the country name begins with C and ends with A.

Am I close?


33 posted on 08/26/2010 6:41:02 AM PDT by Red in Blue PA (Anti-Gunners suffer from Factose Intolerance)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Columbia?

Czechoslovakia?


34 posted on 08/26/2010 6:43:19 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Red in Blue PA

Czechoslovakia?


35 posted on 08/26/2010 6:43:39 AM PDT by bvw
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To: driftdiver

Crimea?


36 posted on 08/26/2010 6:44:21 AM PDT by bvw
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To: Red in Blue PA
"Let me guess the country name begins with C and ends with A."

Blame CANADA!

37 posted on 08/26/2010 6:45:58 AM PDT by BlueLancer (I'm getting a fine tootsy-frootsying right here...)
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To: bvw

beat ya by 20 seconds!


38 posted on 08/26/2010 6:46:01 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

You did! Because I had to chzeckz teh spelling.


39 posted on 08/26/2010 6:48:13 AM PDT by bvw
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To: DBrow
The military had a ban on flash drives for several months then lifted it because they installed patches.

I haven't heard the ban was lifted.

40 posted on 08/26/2010 6:52:48 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: VRWCTexan

“Do you want to play a game?”


41 posted on 08/26/2010 6:59:05 AM PDT by tnlibertarian
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To: VRWCTexan; P-Marlowe; SandRat; pissant; Lancey Howard

It is an extremely serious breach of security to acknowledge a breach of security.

Every security officer knows this. There is absolutely no point in doing so.


42 posted on 08/26/2010 7:10:07 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: RightOnTheLeftCoast

my rather depressing view on this is that if there is ever a hot conflict developing with china, they are going to demonstrate the ability to turn out the lights in the US (and who knows what stuff within our own govt cybernetworks), as well as do who knows what to our financial markets, etc.


43 posted on 08/26/2010 7:15:09 AM PDT by WoofDog123
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To: VRWCTexan

reflects the Pentagon’s desire to raise congressional and public concern....””

And to possibly justify changes to the civilian nets.


44 posted on 08/26/2010 7:17:15 AM PDT by DBrow
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To: South40

on vacation .... and couldn’t be reach for comment.


45 posted on 08/26/2010 9:06:40 AM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: xzins
It is an extremely serious breach of security to acknowledge a breach of security.

Under normal circumstances, if a "breach of security" like this one was discovered, it would never be acknowledged as long as it could be turned around and used to supply disinformation.

46 posted on 08/26/2010 9:10:51 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Exactly.

While the enemy would know that they’d got inside your system, they’d never know that they were “cleanly” in or whether you’d let them in.


47 posted on 08/26/2010 9:15:14 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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To: 1COUNTER-MORTER-68

Ah the base that lost the nukes. Now that is comforting.


48 posted on 08/26/2010 9:16:27 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: xzins

Or, more importantly, WHEN you discovered the “breach”. If the enemy doesn’t know when you discovered a breach, they have no way of knowing when the disinformation began. This renders EVERYTHING they may have stolen useless.


49 posted on 08/26/2010 9:40:00 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard

Another bullseye, LH.

To acknowledge a breach to the public is to let the enemy know they actually got in. If you don’t acknowledge, then they have to wonder, even if they’re fair sure they did.

And, sadly, iirc, the congress made it illegal for the military to release misinformation/disinformation to the public. That would mean, technically, that if they admitted to a breach to the public, then they’d have to be, by law, telling the truth.

Is it just me, or does our current government have its head up its ass?


50 posted on 08/26/2010 10:10:26 AM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain and proud of it. Those who truly support our troops pray for their victory!)
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