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2008 intrusion of networks spurred combined units




2008 intrusion of networks spurred combined units
2008 intrusion of networks spurred combined units



http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jun/3/2008-intrusion-of-networks-spurred-combined-units/ 

By Bill Gertz
Washington Times
June 3, 2010

A foreign computer intrusion two years ago reached classified Pentagon 
computer networks, prompting a reorganization of offensive and defensive 
cyberwarfare efforts, the commander of the new U.S. Cyber Command said 
Thursday.

Army Gen. Keith Alexander, who is also director of the National Security 
Agency (NSA), the electronic spying service, said in a speech that the 
compromise took place in late 2008 in what he described as "a serious 
intrusion into our classified networks."

As a result, the Pentagon combined two cyberwarfare units under NSA to 
harmonize "offensive and defensive cybercapabilities" and build on NSA 
intelligence work on "understanding of the threat and the ability to 
respond to it," Gen. Alexander said in a speech to the Center for 
Strategic and International Studies.

The four-star general provided no details on the classified information 
breach.

Pentagon officials said later that Gen. Alexander was referring to the 
compromise of classified networks through a computer "thumb" drive that 
planted a virus into classified networks in the fall of 2008.

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