External computer flash drives have been banned, at least temporarily, at the Pentagon. The ban comes after officials detected a threat, described by Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman as being a "global virus" on the Defense Department networks.
Whitman gave no details of the virus but described the situation, saying "this is not solely a department problem, this is not solely a government problem." Defense officials wouldn't publicly confirm the ban but department workers were notified.
One message distributed to employees said that all flash drives, whether purchased or provided by the department to workers, would be confiscated. It is currently unknown if workers will get the flash devices back or when the ban will end.