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US agency baffled by modern technology, destroys mice to get rid of viruses

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posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 01:07 PM
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I'm thinking maybe they think it was a piece of software embedded in a piece of hardware that contained a virus/malware made by a nation state and was brought into the network that way.

If they keep the hardware then the software will just keep re-downloading.

But yes they should have just figured out the malware/virus and just made sure the virus scanner was updated and going to block any further intrusions.




posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 01:10 PM
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Don't know if it was discussed yet, but there have been PC mice that have been found to have been loaded with malware within the driver that installs once plugged in.



posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 01:39 PM
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The problem is that the orders come probably from people who have less than zero percent knowledge of anything computer related and can only count to 17 by removing shoes and socks...the IT consultant makes it sound scary enough to get the work but the management panic and just say "nuke it all"



posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 02:38 PM
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Originally posted by Maxatoria
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The problem is that the orders come probably from people who have less than zero percent knowledge of anything computer related and can only count to 17 by removing shoes and socks...the IT consultant makes it sound scary enough to get the work but the management panic and just say "nuke it all"

The problem is that is what you believe, and therefore is a plausible excuse, and thus what the story is.

I can't recall any time in recent history when hardware was destroyed because of a possible malware intrusion, unless the intrusion was specifically due to hardware faults.



posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 03:40 PM
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Originally posted by PsykoOps
On the other hand... everything that has a firmware can get infected. But in reality the smart thing to do is to scan the hw, disinfect and if all else fails sell the hw to iranian nuke plant?


If they were under attack by a nation-state (given the agency, it is 99.99% chance he meant China), then it was the correct action.

The pro-level hackers are very very good.

There have been known cases of BIOS-level or other firmware malware reactivating & infecting even after a total disk drive wipe.

The US infected Iraqi networks through printers.


I can't recall any time in recent history when hardware was destroyed because of a possible malware intrusion


You aren't a target of a major governmental intelligence agency with serious electronic capability (USA, UK, Russia, China, France, Israel). It's a different level. US military contractors with long-histories of internal IT security have still been penetrated. The most prominent security software company had its root key stolen by the Chinese.

A serious deadbolt, lights, alarm and a trained dog will keep out 99% of tweaking burglars. That's commercial anti-malware. Will they keep out a GPS-guided missile?
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posted on Jul, 12 2013 @ 03:42 PM
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But yes they should have just figured out the malware/virus and just made sure the virus scanner was updated and going to block any further intrusions.


That is entirely unrealistic against an active professional attacker and modern technology.

The NSA gives security consulting to the US government departments, which cannot overtly acknowledge assistance.



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