Military to Phase Out USB Drives After Hacking Debacle

      January 12, 2010 12:00

      The military will phase out use of USB flash drives starting next year after a slew of military secrets were leaked, the latest being a joint South Korea-U.S. military action plan that was apparently accessed by North Korean hackers.

      A Defense Ministry official on Monday said the ministry plans to build a new data exchange system by investing W2.8 billion (US$1=W1,121) this year. The new system to be completed by year's end will link the Defense Ministry, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the headquarters of the Army, Navy and Air Force.

      A military spokesman said the Intranet will be thoroughly separated from the Internet and a new server will allow exchange of data between the Intranet and the Internet. The new system will put tight controls on USB flash drives, he added.

      The new server will automatically prevent military data or information stored in the Intranet from being transferred to the Internet, or at least monitor such processes.

      Meanwhile, the ministry launched a cyber warfare command that will supervise the prevention of hacking, protection of Internet security and restoration of Internet functions, and perform military tasks online in an emergency.

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