SEOUL, Jan. 11 (Xinhua) -- South Korean military plans to ban the use of
USB flash drives starting as early as next year after it builds a new system to
transfer data, local media reported Monday.
The country's Ministry of Defense will put 2.8 billion won (2.5million U.S.
dollars) into developing an alternative system to end the use of the portable
storage device in transferring data, an unnamed ministry official was quoted as
saying by Seoul's Yonhap News Agency.
The move, believed to be a response to recent hacking incidents, comes at a
time when South Korea is stepping up its efforts to stem cyber attacks, creating
the first-ever cyber command to cope with a recent surge in cyber threats.
Last November, a contingency war plan drawn up by South Korea and the
United States in the event of an assumed invasion by the Democratic People's
Republic of Korea (DPRK) was extracted from a portable storage device a military
officer was using to transfer data to a wired computer.