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The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is an agency in the Department of Commerce that promotes economic development in regions of the US suffering slow growth, low employment, and other economic problems. In December 2011, the Department of Homeland Security notified both the EDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that there was a possible malware infection within the two agencies' systems.
EDA's CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.
The total cost to the taxpayer of this incident was $2.7 million: $823,000 went to the security contractor for its investigation and advice, $1,061,000 for the acquisition of temporary infrastructure (requisitioned from the Census Bureau), $4,300 to destroy $170,500 in IT equipment, and $688,000 paid to contractors to assist in development of a long-term response. Full recovery took close to a year.
Originally posted by Rockpuck
reply to post by neo96
My question is.. how the hell can I start a consulting firm to advise the government on crap like "you need to beat this here computer with a hammer to fix that there virus problem ..... here's your bill for $680,000 for my awesome advice"
Whoever handled that contract should be in a prison, not managing a redundant and pointless US agency.
A little less than two weeks after its initial report, the contractor reversed its position, admitting that its initial analysis had been wrong, and there was no evidence of a highly sophisticated attack.
I'd do it for $200,000
Originally posted by babybunnies
I could have fixed this for them for a mere $500,000. It would have been a bargain.
And it would have been fixed in a couple of hours with purchase of good anti virus software, or even a free download from Microsoft Security Essentials !
Next time, they should just call me.edit on 10-7-2013 by babybunnies because: (no reason given)