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USB Drive Encryption: Korean Military Loses USB With Military Exercise Plans

News from the Korean peninsula: An Army major lost a USB flash drive containing military secrets, lied about it, and his superiors tried to the hush the case when the true details surfaced.  I don't know that this would be less scandalous had the contents of the memory stick been protected with drive encryption software like AlertBoot.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Fabrications

According to the English article at yonhapnews.co.kr, the Army major was stationed at the front-lines of Gangwon Province in South Korea.  (For those who are not aware, Gangwon is the land that borders North Korea at the 38th parallel.)

He is accused of lying about losing a "portable drive" in July and of his superiors trying to hush the case.  The Korean version of the article gives us more details.

According to the Korean version, the major lost a USB drive which contained military training plans and other classified secrets (one level short of being top secret), such as the organizational hierarchy of his military regiment.  Unable to find the missing USB after a month of searching, the major bought an identical USB memory stick and presented it to his superiors as the one he had lost.

The major noted that the USB stick was so damaged that it should be discarded.  (Did the major perhaps take the device and break it on purpose?)

Another officer, who's asked for anonymity, found out that this was quite the fabrication and alerted his superiors as well as the Defense Security Command.  He never heard back from the DSC.  As for his superiors, they noted that -- and I'm trying to translate it as closely as possible from its Korean counterpart -- "it's not problematic that the missing USB stick does not reappear."

Huh?  What?  I mean, technically, the missing USB device wouldn't reappear if a North Korean spy had it in his hands...

Hm...Was It Perhaps Encrypted?

I can see how one could claim that ("not a problem!") if encryption software had been used on the still missing USB.  On the other hand, I doubt this was the case.  Had an encrypted USB drive been missing, things would have been on the up-and-up.  Why try to hush up anything?  The encryption is there in case things get stolen or go missing.

Instead, we've got this guy who went out there and bought an identical device to assuage the situation.

That's never good.

Related Articles and Sites:
http://media.daum.net/politics/view.html?cateid=1068&newsid=20101230083412613&p=yonhap

 
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Sang Lee is a Senior Account Manager and Security Analyst with AlertBoot, Inc., the leading provider of managed endpoint security services, based in Las Vegas, NV. Mr. Lee helps with the deployment and ongoing support of the AlertBoot disk encryption managed service. Prior to working at AlertBoot, Mr. Lee served in the South Korean Navy. He holds both a B.S. and an M.S. from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts, U.S.A.