US Defence Department hit by unprecedented cyber attack

November 21st, 2008 - 1:08 pm ICT by ANI  

Washington, Nov 21 (ANI): The US Defence Department has banned the use of external hardware devices throughout a vast network of military computers, as a result of unprecedented cyber attack on its system, FOX News reported.

The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVDs.

The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.

We have detected a global virus for which there has been alerts, and we have seen some of this on our networks. We are now taking steps to mitigate the virus, FOX news quoted a Pentagon official, as saying.

The official could not reveal the source of the attack because that information remains classified.

Daily there are millions of scans of the GIG, but for security reasons we dont discuss the number of actual intrusions or attempts, or discuss specific measures commanders in the field may be taking to protect and defend our networks, the department said in an official statement.

Military computers are often referred to as part of the Global Information Grid, or GIG, a system composed of 17 million computers, many of which house classified or sensitive information.

FOX News obtained a copy of one memo sent out last week to an Army division within the Pentagon warning of the cyber attack. (ANI)

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