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

By Shawn Knight · 16 replies
Jul 9, 2013
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  1. 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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  2. MrBlkfx1

    MrBlkfx1 TS Evangelist Posts: 863   +204

    LMFAO. Dummies.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  3. Trillionsin

    Trillionsin TS Evangelist Posts: 1,596   +257

    This is what we do when we want new toys to play with. :) Good job guys!
  4. veLa

    veLa TS Evangelist Posts: 782   +235

    Wow they definitely don't hire the right IT guys over there...
    H3llion and wastedkill like this.
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    We need a 'D'oh!' award just like the Darwin award just so the Commerce Department can win it.
  6. Wait! So your saying there was monetary waste in government? The hell you say!
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    What a bunch of boneheads. Everyone knows you should destroy only your screen because that's you'll see the problem.:eek: :D
    EEatGDL likes this.
  8. Rasta211

    Rasta211 TS Booster Posts: 215   +32

    Wow. What will they do when they get malware in their tablets and smartphones?
  9. 9Nails

    9Nails TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,215   +177

    <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!"
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  10. Wendig0

    Wendig0 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,136   +131

    "Oh don't worry about it, the taxpayers will pay for more computers..."
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I lol'd heartily at this yesterday. :D Oh to have their budgets...
  12. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,374   +69

    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.
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  13. freythman

    freythman TS Booster Posts: 113   +10

    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
  14. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 440   +223

    This is taxpayer theft IMO. They should be held accountable for their budget, not to mention exceeding it by nearly 3 million dollars.
  15. Lesson learned, next time I see a pop up, beat the f*ck out of my computer. Nice...
  16. "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
  17. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I wonder how much of that money was actually stolen.

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