Those Sneaky Russians

A little while back The New Yorker published an excellent article describing the hows and the whys of Russian efforts to electronically infiltrate and disrupt American life and government.  The Curmudgeon highly recommends it, and you can find it here.

Among the many things that were eye-opening and jaw-dropping was this one anecdote that really struck The Curmudgeon:

In 2008, according to “Dark Territory,” a history of cyberwar by Fred Kaplan, Russian hackers accomplished a feat that Pentagon officials considered almost impossible: breaching a classified network that wasn’t even connected to the public Internet. Apparently, Russian spies had supplied cheap thumb drives, stocked with viruses, to retail kiosks near NATO headquarters in Kabul, betting, correctly, that a U.S. serviceman or woman would buy one and insert it into a secure computer.

Very clever, and truly worthy of Boris Badenov.

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  • Scott  On June 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Moose and squirrel must have been asleep at the wheel on this one.

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