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Aug 25, 2010 4:23 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Pentagon computers attacked with flash drive

The Pentagon says a foreign spy agency pulled off the most serious breach of Defense Department computer networks ever by inserting a flash drive into a U.S. military laptop.

The previously classified incident took place in 2008 in the Middle East. It was disclosed in a magazine article by Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn and released by the Pentagon Wednesday.

The Pentagon did not say what nation's spy agency was involved.

He said a malicious code on the flash drive spread undetected on both classified and unclassified Pentagon systems, establishing what amounted to a digital beachhead, for stealing military secrets.

He did not say what, if any, information was taken.

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