The chief irony here is that the destruction was wrought by the Economic Development Administration, an agency of the Commerce Department. Perhaps someone had the idea that replacing the smashed and burned computers would stimulate the economy.
It started when Homeland Security notified the EDA that they might have some malware in their system. According to Ars Technica:
“EDA’s CIO, fearing that the agency was under attack from a nation-state, insisted instead on a policy of physical destruction. The EDA destroyed not only (uninfected) desktop computers but also printers, cameras, keyboards, and even mice. The destruction only stopped—sparing $3 million of equipment—because the agency had run out of money to pay for destroying the hardware.”
You didn’t know that a computer mouse can be infected with malware? Well, that’s because it isn’t possible. This spree of destruction was driven by fear and ignorance.
According to the report, the idea that the malware represented any kind of purposeful attempt to breach the system was completely unsupported by the evidence. There was nothing special about the malware. “There were no signs of persistent, novel infections, nor any indications that the perpetrators were nation-states rather than common, untargeted criminal attacks.” On the other hand, an audit determined that the EDA’s system was so insecure that it would require no sophisticated attack to explain the presence of malware.
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