Pentagon: foreign spy agency flash drive caused worst computer breach in 2008 in Middle EastBy Pauline Jelinek, AP
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Pentagon computers attacked with flash drive
WASHINGTON — The Pentagon says a foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Defense Department computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop.ARTICLE CONTINUED BELOW
The previously classified incident took place in 2008 in the Middle East and was disclosed in a magazine article by Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn and released by the Pentagon Wednesday. The Pentagon did not say what nation’s spy agency was involved.
He said a “malicious code” on the flash drive spread undetected on both classified and unclassified Pentagon systems, “establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead,” for stealing military secrets
He did not say what, if any, information was taken.