The Pentagon’s primary secure internet information system has become the subject of a cyber attack.
Experts say the trouble originated in Afghanistan when an outside Internet Service provider (ISP) was hired to support the U.S. troops in Afghanistan. The ISP turned out to be a front company for former Russian KGB agents.
Fox news is reporting that an external drive like a “thumb drive” was most probably used to penetrate the U.S. system. U.S. experts are working to determine the full nature of the trouble.
External drives are no loger allowed in DoD systems, we are told.
Pete Hoekstra, a Republican member of the House Intelligence Committee, says even our most secure computer systems are “not secure enough.”
The Department of Defense group evaluating the situation is unsure if Russia is behind the intrusion or another entity used the ISP front company.
“Denial of service” was the first indication of trouble for the Pentagon system.
Experts say that Russia launched a major “Denial of Service” campaign prior to and during the attack on Georgia and South Ossetia last August. The websites impacted then included the site of Georgia’s President Mikheil Saakashvili.
John E. Carey
Peace and Freedom