Us Military Computers Breached In Cyber Attack

08.26.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  A recent cyber attack on U.S. military computer systems has been labeled the most significant breach of American military computer security in history.  Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn brought the attack to light on Wednesday, saying it began when an infected flash-drive was inserted into a U.S. military laptop at a base in the Middle East.  That virus embedded itself into the Central Command network.  The result, according to Lynn, was code that "spread undetected on both classified and unclassified systems."  

In an article written for "Foreign Affairs" magazine, Lynn said it amounted to a digital beachhead that allowed data to be transferred to servers under "foreign control."  He calls the 2008 attack a wake-up call for the Pentagon, which has now opened a Cyber Command.