How did we destroy Iranian nuclear facilities? With a thumb drive. And how did Snowden allegedly smuggle out the blueprints to the NSA? With a thumb drive.
No, it wasn’t by some ultra secretive means of super-complex cyber code writing and cloud encryption by which good ol’ Eddy breached America’s security in arguably the most secure compound on the planet — nope — he simply walked in with a thumb drive, downloaded the NSA, and walked out.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security ran a test in which staffers dropped flash drives in the parking lot of government and contractor buildings. 60 per cent of folks who picked them up simply plugged them into networked computers. That percentage jumped to 90 per cent if the drive had an official logo.
Pretty easy, huh?
NSA officials “were laying down on their job if they didn’t disable the USB port,” an unnamed government IT the specialist told the Washington Times, referring to the small socket on the side of a computer where thumb drives are plugged in.
organisations, whether they’re public or private, have had difficulty enforcing Bring Your Own Device security measures now for a number of years.
Certainly there are places in government buildings where there are NO recording devices or storage devices allowed under ANY circumstances.
Regardless, Snowden managed to get one in and get one out.
So, if the difference between having an international incident of grave consequences to national security and not having one is shooting down to Best Buy for some simple software … then shouldn’t we just get the software?
Or, as the IT professional who talked to the Washington Times pointed out, “I have seen places where they used a hot glue gun to block [USB ports].”
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