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In the wake of the WikiLeaks scandal, the U.S. military has announced a ban on all removable media. No CDs, DVDs, thumb drives ... you get the picture.
According to Wired, service members who don't stop using the devices will risk a court-martial.
Writer Noah Shachtman points to a Cyber Control Order issued by the Air Force as illustrative of similar orders recently issued in other branches of the military.
Unauthorized data transfers routinely occur on classified networks using removable media and are a method the insider threat uses to exploit classified information. To mitigate the activity, all Air Force organizations must immediately suspend all SIPRNET data transfer activities on removable media.
The order also acknowledges the ban will make some jobs more difficult, simply because classified computers are often standalone machines or they are in "low bandwidth areas," Shachtman says. The move is one of several the military has taken and/or is considering in light of the WikiLeaks disclosures.
And it's exactly what the military should continue to do, both because WikiLeaks is nearly impossible to take down, and because other "leak" sites will undoubtedly rise up to take its place should efforts to shutter it succeed. An Associated Press story published in The Washington Post Friday reports that a former WikiLeaks team member is working to launch a rival site, Openleaks, soon.
From the story:
[F]ormer WikiLeaks spokesman Daniel Domscheit-Berg says the Openleaks site will work as an outlet for anonymous sources. He says other ex-WikiLeaks workers will also be part of the project.