US military bans removable media following WikiLeaks data breaches

first_imgWith all the news surrounding WikiLeaks this month  it’s no real surprise that the U.S. military is becoming paranoid and a little over protective of its data. Which according to Wired is one of the reasons why the aforementioned U.S. military has started to tell its loyal troops to stop using CDs, DVDs, USB stick drives, and every other form of removable media. The penalty for those not abiding by this agreement is the risk of a court martial.Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, a commander of Air Force Network Operations (until he retires in July of next year that is), issued the December 3 “Cyber Control Order” — obtained by Danger Room — which states:AdChoices广告immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET, the Defense Department’s secret network. Similar statements and orders have gone out to the military’s other branches.Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. To mitigate the activity, all Air Force organizations must immediately suspend all SIPRNET data transfer activities on removable media, the order adds. The above news is not new as a couple of years ago the Pentagon forbade the use of removable media as a drive placed in its system helped spread an unsophisticated worm onto hundreds of thousands of computers. The ban was lifted earlier this year after the problem was sorted in an operation called “Operational Buckshot Yankee”.Boffins at the National Security Agency are also looking for additional techniques to limit, disable or audit military user actions. Darpa has launched a plan to increase the accuracy, rate and speed with which insider threats are detected within government and military interest networks.Read more at Wiredlast_img

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