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(Defense News)   American military gets its thumb drives back. U-S-B, U-S-B, U-S-B   (defensenews.com) divider line 98
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2010-02-19 02:21:28 PM
I laughed. Nice.
 
2010-02-19 02:23:14 PM
thalassatx: I laughed. Nice.

Me too... nice work smitty
 
2010-02-19 02:23:21 PM
Yeah, good that one. +1
 
2010-02-19 02:27:46 PM
Needs exclamation points!!!
 
2010-02-19 02:31:17 PM
i hate you subby. you better not be 40below
+1
 
2010-02-19 02:35:10 PM
I would SOOOO welcome this!! I'm am sick of having to burn everything to CD or email myself dozens of frickin files at a time. Not being able to use flash keys has been nothing but a pain in the arse.
 
2010-02-19 02:37:28 PM
There are some damned fine headlines this week.
 
2010-02-19 02:42:31 PM
CPT Ethanolic: I would SOOOO welcome this!! I'm am sick of having to burn everything to CD or email myself dozens of frickin files at a time. Not being able to use flash keys has been nothing but a pain in the arse.

I on the other hand having to deal with people finding classified thumb drives in the Best Buy parking lot, DO NOT welcome it
 
2010-02-19 02:58:01 PM
Down with USB!!! Viva la Firewire 800!

Yeah it was good I wasn't drinking any liquids when I read it. Would need a new Macbook.
 
2010-02-19 02:58:01 PM
Nice. +1
 
2010-02-19 03:04:01 PM
The newer USC comes with a built-in barrier against viruses.
 
2010-02-19 03:08:19 PM
CPT Ethanolic: I would SOOOO welcome this!! I'm am sick of having to burn everything to CD or email myself dozens of frickin files at a time. Not being able to use flash keys has been nothing but a pain in the arse.

Issue these or something like them. Problem solved.
 
2010-02-19 03:09:02 PM
It looks like this is very limited, use, though.
 
2010-02-19 03:10:58 PM
MasterThief: Issue these or something like them. Problem solved.

"Ruggedized?"
 
2010-02-19 03:22:56 PM
Relatively Obscure: "Ruggedized?"

Aluminum casing. But the cool part is that the drive has an onboard encryption chip (256-bit AES) tied into the flash memory - no password, no files. Plus, the casing is filled with epoxy so you can't just crack open the case and bypass the encryption without breaking the memory chips too. (I saw a friend of mine from law school who's working for a firm downtown who had one to keep client data on.)
 
2010-02-19 05:18:28 PM
LOL!
 
2010-02-19 05:20:36 PM
Typical military. They'll be limited users, special training, plenty of anti virus on them and they'll be special ones made only by certain companies. Probably be $500 a piece.
 
2010-02-19 05:23:49 PM
MasterThief: Aluminum casing. But the cool part is that the drive has an onboard encryption chip (256-bit AES) tied into the flash memory - no password, no files. Plus, the casing is filled with epoxy so you can't just crack open the case and bypass the encryption without breaking the memory chips too. (I saw a friend of mine from law school who's working for a firm downtown who had one to keep client data on.)

If a dude can crack open a TPM I wouldn't put much faith in an aluminum case filled with epoxsy...
 
2010-02-19 05:26:19 PM
edmo: Typical military. They'll be limited users, special training, plenty of anti virus on them and they'll be special ones made only by certain companies. Probably be $500 a piece.

But only $1000 for the 512Mb version!
 
2010-02-19 05:27:14 PM
+1 subby, would LOL again
 
2010-02-19 05:28:05 PM
Quantumbunny: edmo: Typical military. They'll be limited users, special training, plenty of anti virus on them and they'll be special ones made only by certain companies. Probably be $500 a piece.

But only $1000 for the 512Mb version!


HAHAHAHA
 
2010-02-19 05:29:38 PM
As an IT specialist for the Fed. Govt., I'm getting a kick....


/+1 for subby, still giggling
 
2010-02-19 05:29:41 PM
Thumb drives are so cheap, I use them to take store pictures of my cock and leave them around various Catholic girl High Schools.

/they call me tuna can: inch and a half long and eight inches around.
 
2010-02-19 05:29:57 PM
Quantumbunny: edmo: Typical military. They'll be limited users, special training, plenty of anti virus on them and they'll be special ones made only by certain companies. Probably be $500 a piece.

But only $1000 for the 512Mb version!


Funny story: a little while ago my wife came home from work with a box full of USB drives that were leftover swag items. Being a geek I was quite overjoyed... until I saw that they were 32 MB each.
 
2010-02-19 05:30:21 PM
This especially made me laugh because I was drunkenly yelling, "USA! USA!" last night while watching the Olympics.

/Cool story, bro
 
2010-02-19 05:34:23 PM
I still ban them. Had one user say that she needed one to do powerpoint presentations in the community. Then one day she came to me and wanted help with PPT. I said "ask away". She never used it. I dug up her email about needing a USB drive for her presentation and laughed.

I have a couple of 8gb ones for utilities, etc but nothing that isn't downloadable.
 
2010-02-19 05:36:58 PM
+1 internets for you subby

/golfclap
 
2010-02-19 05:37:06 PM
castufari: I still ban them. Had one user say that she needed one to do powerpoint presentations in the community. Then one day she came to me and wanted help with PPT. I said "ask away". She never used it. I dug up her email about needing a USB drive for her presentation and laughed.

I have a couple of 8gb ones for utilities, etc but nothing that isn't downloadable.


I have one with network drivers on it. Why would you need one for anything else?
 
2010-02-19 05:37:42 PM
err Network Card drivers
 
2010-02-19 05:39:12 PM
Jument: If a dude can crack open a TPM I wouldn't put much faith in an aluminum case filled with epoxsy...

I wonder how many TPMs that guy had to go through before he successfully managed to get into the chips of one. Soaking a thumb drive in MEK, hydrochloric acid, and rust remover sounds like a lot could go wrong...
 
2010-02-19 05:42:13 PM
bravo subby
+1
 
2010-02-19 05:42:14 PM
+1 to subby.

At first I was o_O

But then I =-D

That said, I do see the potential for problems with this down the road (how many times has a major infection spread because someone used one on a system they shouldn't have, or didn't have their AV or system up to date?)

/sorry... can't help it. CISSP, CISA, etc. here; they brainwash us to see the negative, lol.
 
2010-02-19 05:45:45 PM
a friend of mine worked at a place that banned them but now she works in their IT dept. where they don't care
 
2010-02-19 05:50:11 PM
Jument

If a dude can crack open a TPM I wouldn't put much faith in an aluminum case filled with epoxsy...

Not only would it be expensive to crack - see Masterthief's comment for why - it could be extremely difficult to pull off, depending on how they design it. TPM is in a chip that can be removed carefully. If the aluminum is sealed airtight by welding or otherwise fastening the fill hole post-epoxy and there were studs going through the epoxy [meaning you can't just yank the aluminum off], how would you get to the epoxy to dissolve it without damaging the epoxy [and therefore the chip]?

I suppose you could grind away at the aluminum, but I'd think that using that much force would damage the chip.
 
2010-02-19 05:50:47 PM
Snarfangel: The newer USC comes with a built-in barrier against viruses.

Would you characterize it as a USC Trojan?
 
2010-02-19 05:52:52 PM
U-S-C
U-S-C
U-S-C

I couldn't resist

+1
subby
 
2010-02-19 05:53:07 PM
HAHAHA - this one made me lol at my desk.
 
2010-02-19 05:55:31 PM
castufari: I still ban them. Had one user say that she needed one to do powerpoint presentations in the community. Then one day she came to me and wanted help with PPT. I said "ask away". She never used it. I dug up her email about needing a USB drive for her presentation and laughed.

So you're one of those.
 
2010-02-19 05:56:04 PM
Jument: a little while ago my wife came home from work with a box full of USB drives that were leftover swag items. Being a geek I was quite overjoyed... until I saw that they were 32 MB each.

You could get 16 4-port USB hubs and build a 1.5GB RAID0 array...
 
2010-02-19 05:58:15 PM
what kind of drives?

geniusbeauty.com
 
2010-02-19 05:58:48 PM
I worked IT in an office where USB drives where automatically pwned when you plugged them in. If they weren't already safe, they were formatted and encrypted and would no longer work outside the the department.

It wasn't unreasonable, we were handling classified info. And everybody was made aware.

But every couple of months, a frantic person would call and say, "I think I have a virus, and it killed my iPod!"

Good times.
 
2010-02-19 05:58:52 PM
Killer headline. And I am exceedingly happy about this news too. Burning DVD's is such a waste of time.
 
2010-02-19 06:00:51 PM
I have a box in the SCIF full of USB drives that people wandered in with.

/man, just drop it in, because, you know, it's gone
 
2010-02-19 06:03:31 PM
Somewhere over at IronKey, a salesman just got a boner.
 
2010-02-19 06:04:25 PM
Jument: Funny story: a little while ago my wife came home from work with a box full of USB drives that were leftover swag items. Being a geek I was quite overjoyed... until I saw that they were 32 MB each.

My first USB drive was a giveaway at COMDEX 2003; a 16MB drive. I was still using zips at the time and found that little drive amazing. I think I still have it somewhere.
 
2010-02-19 06:04:37 PM
+1
 
2010-02-19 06:06:59 PM
This is a headline of the year candidate, no doubt.
 
2010-02-19 06:07:13 PM
Snarfangel: The newer USC comes with a built-in barrier against viruses.

You mean the USC Trojans?
 
2010-02-19 06:08:41 PM
Fantastic headline!
 
2010-02-19 06:09:12 PM
Yeah I'd like to see how long this takes to propagate down to us. We can't even bring our cell phones into work. I wouldn't mind too much except when I have to leave my phone in my truck in the freezing cold (or occasional blistering heat)
 
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