By Rob Rosenberger
Aug 26, 2010
Let's cut to the chase. U.S. Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn
III wrote an op-ed for a commercial publication in which he claims a
single USB thumb drive caused the worst military data breach in history.
And according to Wikipedia, that one little USB stick led to the
creation of the Pentagon's new Cyber Command.
Breathless reports like this one say this single specific tiny little
USB thumb drive got infected with agent.btz, a tiny little chunk of
malware the antivirus world has known about since, what, 2008? Yet it
took at least 14 months for the Pentagon to clean it up.
Come on, people -- fourteen months?!? The antivirus experts dismiss
agent.btz as banal, not brilliant.
I'll bet it took so long only because it was a classified operation.
This malware would have blown over in a week if DoD-CERT had issued an
email saying "hey, there's a new virus running around, please scan your
PCs for agent.btz."
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