Following reports of banning employee use of removable storage devices, a Defense Department (DOD) official has confirmed rumors that a virus has infected the global information grid (GIG), which includes military computers with sensitive or classified information. The GIG comprises over 7 million computers in 17,000 regional and local networks. "We have detected a global virus for which there has been alerts, and we have seen some of this on our networks," Pentagon official Bryan Whitman told FOX News. "We are now taking steps to mitigate the virus." But given the inherent secrecy of classified DOD practices, the Pentagon will only confirm the existence of the virus, and the rest of the reports are merely conjecture.
Fox news reported that the virus has continued to spread rapidly through military networks for nearly a week now. Wired.com reports that the virus is a worm named Agent.btz that travels through removable storage devices such as flash drives and cards, DVDs, CDs and floppy discs. Agent.btz is derived from the “SillyFDC” worm and its progeny, which date back to the early 1990s. DOD regulation of employee use of removable storage devices is also unconfirmed, but existing internal emails have substantiated these rumors.