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Under worm attack, US Army bans USB drives

 
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Delavan
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Joined: 01 Dec 2007
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:06 pm    Post subject: Under worm attack, US Army bans USB drives

Looks like our armed forces may be forced to stop using MagicJacks.

http://blogs.zdnet.com/security/?p=2206&tag=nl.e589

Under sustained attack from what is described as a rapidly spreading network worm, the U.S. army has banned the use of USB sticks, CDs, flash media cards, and all other removable data storage devices, according to internal e-mail messages seen by Wired’s Noah Shachtman.
to the article, service members have been ordered to “cease usage of all USB storage media until the USB devices are properly scanned and determined to be free of malware.” Eventually, some government-approved drives will be allowed back under certain “mission-critical,” but unclassified, circumstances. “Personally owned or non-authorized devices” are “prohibited” from here on out, according to the e-mails.

The USB device ban was handed down by the commander of U.S. Strategic Command and includes everything from external hard drives to “floppy disks. It takes effect immediately.

To make sure troops and military civilians are observing the suspension, government security teams “will be conducting daily scans and running custom scripts on NIPRNET and SIPRNET to ensure the commercial malware has not been introduced,” an e-mail says. “Any discovery of malware will result in the opening of a security incident report and will be referred to the appropriate security officer for action.”

The threat from malware that spreads via removable media has been on a steady rise with some estimates showing a 10 percent increase in detections this year.

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az2008
MagicJack Sensei


Joined: 20 Aug 2008
Posts: 1404
Location: Tempe, AZ

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:18 pm    Post subject: Re: Under worm attack, US Army bans USB drives

Delavan wrote:
the U.S. army has banned the use of USB sticks, CDs, flash media cards, and all other removable data storage devices,


They can follow the instructions to run MJ without the USB dongle:

http://www.phoneservicesupport.com/easy-way-to-use-magicjack-without-usb-dongle-t2640.html

Be sure to see the follow-up containing important info:

http://www.phoneservicesupport.com/post19540.html#19540

Following this procedure they just have to plug in the USB device once (and occasionally for upgrades).

Mark
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maine-iac
Dan isn't smart enough to hire me


Joined: 25 Mar 2008
Posts: 347
Location: GA

PostPosted: Thu Nov 20, 2008 10:57 pm    Post subject:

Would you risk a court-martial just to make a free phone call?
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JohnnyFreightTRAIN
Dan isn't smart enough to hire me


Joined: 08 Aug 2008
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 30, 2008 3:26 pm    Post subject:

That's fine, they can still make free calls! Just get a headset. Or a microphone and some headphones for privacy.

PC TO PHONE CALLS = http://labs.jaduka.com/earthcaller
(Must be used in internet explorer, based on Microsoft Active X Technology. Registration is required. Headset or a microphone and speakers required)

That site will let you call back to the USA and Canada absolutely free from a web browser.
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mberlant
Dan Should Pay Me


Joined: 01 Feb 2009
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Location: Japan

PostPosted: Tue Feb 03, 2009 12:37 pm    Post subject:

It's not the USB device that the auditors are looking for, it is the presence of unauthorized personal software on the military's PC. As in any enterprise environment, these auditors do not routinely visit the PCs in their domain. Rather, they use audit tools to remotely scan the PC and then only visit ones that raise flags.
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