U.S. Commerce Department unnecessarily destroyed $170K worth of IT gear to hunt down malware

Shawn Knight

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We’ve probably all reached a level of frustration when dealing with a malfunctioning or malware-infested PC or gadget where we simply want to smash it to bits. The U.S. Department of Commerce is no exception it seems as theyt took...

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Trillionsin

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Furthermore, some department members were fully aware of this but due to a series of misunderstandings, that information was never fully conveyed to the appropriate officials in charge.

This is what we do when we want new toys to play with. :) Good job guys!
 
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Wait! So your saying there was monetary waste in government? The hell you say!
 

9Nails

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<Random Gov. worker says> "Hello IT? Nevermind that my TV was connected to an infected PC. They both have malware. And my digital camera too - I used it to take the picture of the malware that I sent to you. So, send me new hardware for those three things. Also, and got any new cars? I think our Lexus has malware on it. And our pizza gets malware. It must be an oven thing. Send fresh pizzas, daily. Thanks Obama!"
 

tonylukac

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My brother's brother in law, Ron, who was smart otherwise-an accountant, used to buy new laptops every 6 months or so when they got bogged down with malware. Didn't know about malwarbytes I guess, nor this site. I guess you can call him morRon. I really couldn't help him, gave him my card to do it remotely, but he never called. He lived 600 miles away. I think that's what Microsoft and computer manufacturers intended.
 

freythman

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In 2012, the department shelled out more than $2.7 million (more than half of their annual IT budget) trying to track down what appeared to be a major malware infestation.

This much larger news than destroying $170k. They just effectively wasted nearly $3 million since they weren't properly prepared to defend themselves. O.o
 

MonsterZero

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This is taxpayer theft IMO. They should be held accountable for their budget, not to mention exceeding it by nearly 3 million dollars.
 
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Lesson learned, next time I see a pop up, beat the f*ck out of my computer. Nice...
 
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"the department subsequently destroyed more than $170,000 worth of IT components including desktops, printers, TVs, cameras, computer mice and keyboards"
--> since when tv, camera, mice, printers, keyboards can be infected by malware?

"Come to find out, malware was only present on two pieces of equipment. Furthermore, some department members were fully aware of this but due to a series of misunderstandings, that information was never fully conveyed to the appropriate officials in charge."
--> a series of "misunderstandings"? It's either stupidity or mismanagement.. or there are several people inside who wants to replace whole department's IT gear with the newer models