By Wang Guanqun
SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korean military plans to ban the use of
USB flash drives starting as early as next year after it builds a new
system to transfer data, local media reported Monday.
The country's Ministry of Defense will put 2.8 billion won (2.5million
U.S. dollars) into developing an alternative system to end the use of
the portable storage device in transferring data, an unnamed ministry
official was quoted as saying by Seoul's Yonhap News Agency.
The move, believed to be a response to recent hacking incidents, comes
at a time when South Korea is stepping up its efforts to stem cyber
attacks, creating the first-ever cyber command to cope with a recent
surge in cyber threats.
Last November, a contingency war plan drawn up by South Korea and the
United States in the event of an assumed invasion by the Democratic
People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) was extracted from a portable storage
device a military officer was using to transfer data to a wired
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