Military Bans Disks And Other Forms Of Removable Data To Prevent Future Leaks

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Via Wired’s Danger Room:

It’s too late to stop WikiLeaks from publishing thousands more classified documents, nabbed from the Pentagon’s secret network. But the U.S. military is telling its troops to stop using CDs, DVDs, thumb drives and every other form of removable media — or risk a court martial.

Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commander of Air Force Network Operations, issued the Dec. 3 “Cyber Control Order” — obtained by Danger Room — which directs airmen to “immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET,” the Defense Department’s secret network. Similar directives 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.

[Continues at Wired]

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  • Hadrian999

    is it just me , or is it kind of stupid to even have the ports and drives on a terminal that accesses classified material, I’ve been to porn sites that keep track of their naughty pics better than the US government keeps track of it’s secrets.

  • Hadrian999

    is it just me , or is it kind of stupid to even have the ports and drives on a terminal that accesses classified material, I’ve been to porn sites that keep track of their naughty pics better than the US government keeps track of it’s secrets.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    So rather than being an open, and honest, they choose to completely cripple the efficiency of transferrable data and the usefulness of data backup. Next they are going to say that department computers cannot have any input or output devices besides a monitor, keyboard and mouse, no network connection, or disc-drives. maybe they’ll start monting hard drives directly to department motherboards. Maybe to copy files they will have to hire typists that read from one computer’s monitor and type up copies of files onto another. All in the name of Security.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    So rather than being an open, and honest, they choose to completely cripple the efficiency of transferrable data and the usefulness of data backup. Next they are going to say that department computers cannot have any input or output devices besides a monitor, keyboard and mouse, no network connection, or disc-drives. maybe they’ll start monting hard drives directly to department motherboards. Maybe to copy files they will have to hire typists that read from one computer’s monitor and type up copies of files onto another. All in the name of Security.

    • Hadrian999

      you can’t be open about some things, like technical specifications, personal data, medical records and the like, the best answer would be to only have things that were really classified to be on a separate network with much more stringent security than the day to day work than the one used for day to day work, but this is the military always using heaviest tool for the job.

      • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

        file transfers are just as if not more easy to transfer over e-mail or other internet means; taking away thumbdrives is nonsense as long as the computers are connected to some form of the internet (then they can just be downloaded onto a thumbdrive at the safety of a library if you were paranoid and didnt want to access the file at home). this doesn’t really make anything anymore secure

        • Hadrian999

          depends on the network, when i was in the army they had networks you couldn’t access anything off the network, the network that all the leaks came from had to be seriously messed up, no way should a kid have been able to get that stuff, guess they don’t want to learn their lesson. this “fix” won’t stop anyone that really wants to steal data

    • Cerebralcaustic

      >So rather than being an open, and honest, they choose to completely cripple the efficiency of transferrable data and the usefulness of data backup

      Good idea: military intelligence should be based on openness and honesty, and trust will heal all our silly differences. Worked for Neville Chamberlain… oh wait, it didn’t work for him and he was a fool.

  • Hadrian999

    you can’t be open about some things, like technical specifications, personal data, medical records and the like, the best answer would be to only have things that were really classified to be on a separate network with much more stringent security than the day to day work than the one used for day to day work, but this is the military always using heaviest tool for the job.

  • http://hormeticminds.blogspot.com/ Chaorder Gradient

    file transfers are just as if not more easy to transfer over e-mail or other internet means; taking away thumbdrives is nonsense as long as the computers are connected to some form of the internet (then they can just be downloaded onto a thumbdrive at the safety of a library if you were paranoid and didnt want to access the file at home). this doesn’t really make anything anymore secure

  • Hadrian999

    depends on the network, when i was in the army they had networks you couldn’t access anything off the network, the network that all the leaks came from had to be seriously messed up, no way should a kid have been able to get that stuff, guess they don’t want to learn their lesson. this “fix” won’t stop anyone that really wants to steal data

  • Liquidself2004

    I think it would be more effective if they issued an edict stating that no employee of the U.S. military should be found to be in possession of a conscience.

    • Andrew

      That’s what all the psychological abuse of boot camp is meant to do, replace conscience with obedience.

  • Liquidself2004

    I think it would be more effective if they issued an edict stating that no employee of the U.S. military should be found to be in possession of a conscience.

  • Andrew

    That’s what all the psychological abuse of boot camp is meant to do, replace conscience with obedience.

  • Cerebralcaustic

    >So rather than being an open, and honest, they choose to completely cripple the efficiency of transferrable data and the usefulness of data backup

    Good idea: military intelligence should be based on openness and honesty, and trust will heal all our silly differences. Worked for Neville Chamberlain… oh wait, it didn’t work for him and he was a fool.

  • Parker Gabriel

    Those evil censors and prohibitors!

    They refuse to understand that that which they have declared war against and declared an enemy, the free flow of information, shall NEVER be destroyed!

    Close up a leak, and two more, two hundred more, two thousand more, two MILLION more shall spring, all of them leaking even more heavily and even faster than the first did, to take its place!

  • Parker Gabriel

    Those evil censors and prohibitors!

    They refuse to understand that that which they have declared war against and declared an enemy, the free flow of information, shall NEVER be destroyed!

    Close up a leak, and two more, two hundred more, two thousand more, two MILLION more shall spring, all of them leaking even more heavily and even faster than the first did, to take its place!

  • Parker Gabriel

    Those evil censors and prohibitors!

    They refuse to understand that that which they have declared war against and declared an enemy, the free flow of information, shall NEVER be destroyed!

    Close up a leak, and two more, two hundred more, two thousand more, two MILLION more shall spring, all of them leaking even more heavily and even faster than the first did, to take its place!

  • Parker Gabriel

    Those evil censors and prohibitors!

    They refuse to understand that that which they have declared war against and declared an enemy, the free flow of information, shall NEVER be destroyed!

    Close up a leak, and two more, two hundred more, two thousand more, two MILLION more shall spring, all of them leaking even more heavily and even faster than the first did, to take its place!

  • GoodDoktorBad

    If you can’t make a copy, remove the hard drive and take it home in your back pocket. Simple….

  • Anonymous

    If you can’t make a copy, remove the hard drive and take it home in your back pocket. Simple….

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