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South Korean military to ban use of USB flash drives




South Korean military to ban use of USB flash drives
South Korean military to ban use of USB flash drives



http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2010-01/11/content_12791043.htm 

By Wang Guanqun 
www.chinaview.cn 
2010-01-11

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 
computer.


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