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Military Bans Removable Media After WikiLeaks

Soldiers, Airmen, Others No Longer Able To Use CDs, Flash Drives, Etc., at Work. Violations Punishable by Court Martial.

Maj. Gen. Richard Webber, commander of Air Force Network Operations, issued a "Cyber Control Order" on Dec. 3 which directs airmen to "immediately cease use of removable media on all systems, servers, and stand alone machines residing on SIPRNET," the Defense Department's secret network, reports Wired magazine. Similar directives have gone out to the military's other branches.

The move is probably in direct response to an earlier investigation that implicated former Army PFC Bradley Manning as the source of WikiLeaks' Iraq and Afghanistan war documents, leaked earlier this year. Manning later claimed he downloaded a trove of documents off SIPRNET onto a CD marked "Lady Gaga." Manning also claimed to have downloaded the hundreds of thousands of U.S. diplomatic cables recently leaked by WikiLeaks, as well as other unknown materials.

Manning worked in the intelligence operations of the 2nd Brigade in Baghdad. He was supposed to be examining intelligence relevant to Iraq, but defense officials said he was using his "Top Secret/SCI" clearance to download classified documents, CBS News reports.

"Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. To mitigate the activity, all Air Force organizations must immediately suspend all SIPRNET data transfer activities on removable media," the order adds.

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In addition to the ban on devices that could remove documents from military computers, an August internal review suggested that the Pentagon disable all classified computers' ability to write to removable media, Wired reports. About 60 percent of military machines are now connected to a Host Based Security System, which looks for anomalous behavior.

A military source told Wired magazine the ban will make the job harder; classified computers are often disconnected from the network, or are in low-bandwidth areas. Removable media like recordable DVDs or flash drives are often the easiest way to get information from one machine to the next.

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I'm not going to tell her.

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this is nothing new. its been this way. you arent authorized to use thumb drives and all that shit on SIPR computers.

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I have been allowed to. Up until awhile back.

I have never been allowed to use the internet on the computer that held my work and VPN...

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but then, joak, Im just a civillian contractor.

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I have been allowed to. Up until awhile back.

I have never been allowed to use the internet on the computer that held my work and VPN...
they let you use a thumb drive on a sipr computer? somebody fucked up. that shit is and has been a big ol' fucking no-no.

the only external devices used on sipr computers are screened and approved by the s-6 (computer geeks) and intel... marked with a big red sticker labeled "SECRET". get caught violating or using a personal disc or thumb drive.... youre fucked.

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Just to download test data via the VPN client software...When I did, I worked offsite. And that was only one situation.

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they let you use a thumb drive on a sipr computer? somebody fucked up. that shit is and has been a big ol' fucking no-no.

the only external devices used on sipr computers are screened and approved by the s-6 (computer geeks) and intel... marked with a big red sticker labeled "SECRET". get caught violating or using a personal disc or thumb drive.... youre fucked.
exactly! they better do something about that pos PFC. Too many idiots in this world...

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Just another way to cover up their war crimes. These are ppls lives were talking about. Is this the transparency you spoke of, Obama? What are you afraid someone will leak; the truth?

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