Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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Looks Like The Pentagon Should Have Been Running Windows Vista

The US government has been leery of upgrading to Windows Vista. Looks like it should have done so a lot sooner:

The Pentagon has suffered from a cyber attack so alarming that it has taken the unprecedented step of banning the use of external hardware devices, such as flash drives and DVD's, FOX News has learned.

The attack came in the form of a global virus or worm that is spreading rapidly throughout a number of military networks.

"We have detected a global virus for which there has been alerts, and we have seen some of this on our networks," a Pentagon official told FOX News. "We are now taking steps to mitigate the virus."

FOX News obtained a copy of one memo sent out last week to an Army division within the Pentagon warning of the cyber attack.

"Due to the presence of commercial malware, CDR USSTRATCOM has banned the use of removable media (thumb drives, CDRs/DVDRs, floppy disks) on all DoD networks and computers effective immediately."

Had they been using Windows Vista, they could have deployed BitLocker, as well as the Group Policy controls that disable USB removable media in Vista RTM and later. Oh well. We’re only at war right now and everything… it’s only our national security.



  • Nicko said:

    Haha. Good point Rob.

    November 22, 2008 1:45 AM
  • asf said:

    Its not like you can't disable USB on XP

    November 22, 2008 7:11 AM
  • Chris said:

    What good would BitLocker have done?

    November 22, 2008 7:38 AM
  • Adrian said:

    If they'd been running Mac OS or Linux they wouldn't have been exposed to that threat or any of the myriad of others that Windows in its myriad forms takes.

    November 22, 2008 6:07 PM
  • Terry said:

    They are plenty of ways to disable USB ports on XP you retard.  Sheesh.

    November 23, 2008 5:39 PM
  • John Obeto said:

    Actually Rob, you are WRONG!

    They should have been running OSX or Linux as those OSs are never hacked, right?

    So because some IT dum-dum over there read a fishwrap deriding Vista, they put OUR National Security in danger.

    Thanks for nothing to all of them!

    November 23, 2008 7:51 PM
  • Mariah said:

    this is so wrong this sgit doesn't even fuckin help at all bitches

    November 24, 2008 4:05 PM
  • Joseph said:

    I don't really fear for national security.  The government computers running commercial products are dispensable and are more for the personal use of the officials then for controlling important things.  I like Vista and Microsoft and all, but there is no way the people doing real work would rely on Windows :-D

    December 2, 2008 4:27 PM