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U.S. Air Force Virus Could Have Come From Facebook

Submitted by on October 22, 2011 – 1:52 pmNo Comment

Using a business device for personal use is always a bad idea—but especially if your work computer is essential to national security.

Several weeks ago, reports leaked that the U.S. Air Force’s drone fleet had been infected by a virus that couldn’t be eliminated. Last week, the USAF downgraded their concerns, believing that the virus was in fact just common malware “used to steal log-ins and passwords used in online gaming,” according to the Associated Press.

The report also said the virus was found on a “small, portable hard drive,” noting that some kinds (flash drives) have been banned by the Air Force due to security concerns.

This isn’t the first time the military has had problems with improper use of computers. Some claimed that WikiLeaks were able to obtain sensitive documents in 2009 because of file-sharing programs like BitTorrent downloaded onto military and Defense Department computers.

While you might not give away national secrets, it’s never a good idea to use your business devices for personal matters. Since your employers own the hardware and often the networks and even servers, they can legally monitor pretty much whatever you do on your computer at work. So do yourself a favor, and keep any racy pics and nuclear codes on your home hard drive.

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