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Flash drive led to US cyber attack

world Updated: Aug 27, 2010 00:17 IST
Ellen Nakashima
Ellen Nakashima
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The most significant breach of US military computers was caused by a flash drive inserted into a US military laptop on a post in the Middle East in 2008.

In an article to be published on 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 US military's Central Command.

“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.

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