By Jennifer Griffin
December 10, 2008
The recent cyber attack on the U.S. military's classified computer
network has been traced to a front company run by several former Russian
KGB or Federal Security Service spies, FOX News has learned.
The attack led the Pentagon to ban the use of external hardware devices,
such as flash drives, because that's how the "worm" got into the
classified military network.
FOX News has learned the intrusion was discovered by the U.S. military
in Afghanistan -- and that the attack came through the local Internet
service provider that the Afghans (under U.S. supervision) contracted
out to a front company run by former Russian spies.
The U.S. military relies on this Internet service provider. Homeland
Security Secretary Michael Chertoff on Wednesday warned the Russians had
already used cyber warfare in Georgia.
"There was a preceding effort in denial of service ... by let us say
sympathizers to the Russian side of the dispute. That was a prelude and
an adjunct to the military attack where Russian troops entered Georgia,"
Chertoff said. "I think this is a harbinger of what's to come, the use
of cyber attacks -- preparing the battlefield, so to speak."
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