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Pentagon: classified network infiltrated by flash drive virus


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#1 KarstenHansen

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:23 AM

The Pentagon's classified military networks were reportedly infiltrated by attackers in 2008, who allegedly stole a considerable amount of data. In a statement published today by the US Council on Foreign Relations, Deputy Secretary of Defense William J. Lynn revealed that the attack originated at a base in the Middle East and was caused by a computer virus that was loaded on a flash drive.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 05:48 PM

USB flash drives are the worst thing for a company to allow. I am working a contract now for a large company that had 6,000+ computers infected by the Sality virus.

http://www.microsoft.com/security/portal/T...n32%2fSality.AM

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 08:12 AM

Why is so hard to get people and or companies to believe that anything you plug into a computer can infect it. Not just the internet.

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Posted 29 August 2010 - 07:07 PM

Why is so hard to get people and or companies to believe that anything you plug into a computer can infect it. Not just the internet.


The company I work for is worse. They use a general login (as opposed to each user having their own login) to get access to the workstation. These passwords are generally the same as the username. These accounts have full local admin rights. Very poor security practices. These workstations are using Trend Micro anti-virus. Go figure that 50% of the company's computers became infected.




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