When it comes to malware, people tend to get crazy. After all, our heads are swarming with worst possible scenarios. But when a US government agency is threatened by a computer virus, crazy doesn’t even begin to explain their actions.
Reportedly, in late 2011 EDA (The Economic Development Administration) received a notice from the Department of Homeland Security, which said that their computers were infected with a virus. EDA immediately took measures into their own hands by shutting down their own system – even no e-mail and no database access. In other words, they just cut themselves off from the entire world. Then the agency spent $823,000 on a security contractor, who told them their system was secure, but couldn’t guarantee it in any way. Of course, the agency still detected malware and their CIO went absolutely mental on the whole subject. The Chief Information Officer’s orders to simple – destroy all the equipment.
At the end of the day, figuratively, the company lost around $2.7 million for the contractor and for smashing their computers, cameras, printers and even keyboards.