Pentagon: foreign spy agency flash drive caused worst computer breach in 2008 in Middle East

By 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.

YOUR VIEW POINT
NAME : (REQUIRED)
MAIL : (REQUIRED)
will not be displayed
WEBSITE : (OPTIONAL)
YOUR
COMMENT :