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I couldn't believe this story when I read it..... Extreme measure to get ride of malware.....

Too much? Audit shows agency destroyed computers, keyboards, mice over virus fear

In an almost cartoonish response to a relatively minor problem, employees at the obscure Economic Development Administration took a hammer to their computers, keyboards and mice in an effort to destroy all of the agency’s tech-related hardware after incorrectly believing their network had been hacked.

Not only was the reaction unorthodox and unnecessary, it cost $2.7 million in damages -- more than half the agency’s annual technology budget, according to a recently released inspector general report.

The scathing audit also reveals that employees and contractors hired by the agency, which operates under the Commerce Department, repeatedly broke protocol and embarked on a series of bizarre blunders based on faulty information. Among them was the apparent assumption that a computer mouse can carry a virus.

An EDA spokesperson told FoxNews.com that the IT disruptions did not affect the agency’s work.

Here’s how it went down:

On Dec. 6, 2011, the U.S. Computer Emergency Response Team, which operates under the Department of Homeland Security, notified the Commerce Department that it detected a potential malware infection within the department’s computer system. Malware is software intended to damage or disable computer systems.

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Guest masterblokz

They should've known malwarebytes was here ready to help, instead of smashing their computers and mice and keyboards to bits [Why the mouse? lol..]

It might be possible to infect/corrupt a driver for a mouse, but that's about it. Why do these people get hired <_<

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I think it a case of indirect planned obsolescence. 


They needed new hardware and they were jealous of other agencies who have all the latest toys so they used a a malware scare and used an improper application of DoC CIRT procedures in a way that gets them new toys.  







{ all tongue in cheek }

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