Defense official discloses cyberattack

Defense official discloses cyberattack
Defense official discloses cyberattack 

By Ellen Nakashima
The Washington Post
August 24, 2010

Now it is official: The most significant breach of U.S. military 
computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a U.S. military 
laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008.

In an article to be published Wednesday discussing the Pentagon's 
cyberstrategy, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III says 
malicious code placed on the drive by a foreign intelligence agency 
uploaded itself onto a network run by the U.S. military's Central 

"That code spread undetected on both classified and unclassified 
systems, establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead, from which 
data could be transferred to servers under foreign control," he says in 
the Foreign Affairs article.

"It was a network administrator's worst fear: a rogue program operating 
silently, poised to deliver operational plans into the hands of an 
unknown adversary."


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