Trivia

Hard

The Worst Computer Security Breach In U.S. Military History Was The Result Of?

Sophisticated Russian Intrusion
A Government Surplus Auction
A Flash Drive
Passwords on Post-It Notes

Answer: A Flash Drive

In 2008, a U.S. military official stationed at a Department of Defense base was walking in from the parking lot and noticed a flash drive sitting on the ground. He picked the flash drive up, took it inside, and later in the day plugged it into a computer to see what was on it (ostensibly, to see if it was one of their flash drives or belonged to a co-worker).

That flash drive was actually loaded with malicious software and planted by a foreign operative. It loaded a worm, agent.btz, directly onto a computer connected to the Department of Defense network and linked to the United States Central Command. The worm exploded across the network and the Pentagon spent over a year tracking it down and purging it.

The devastating result of this simple social engineering trick led to new policies regarding removable media and, more importantly, the development of the United States Cyber Command, a division of the United States Strategic Command tasked with cyber security.

Trivia

Easy

Epidemiologists Call This Thing An “Index Case”, But The Press And Public Call It?

Trivia

Hard

The Phrase “Smooth As A Milk Maid’s Skin” Came About Because Of The Maids’ Exposure To?

Trivia

Hard

When You’re “On Cloud Nine” What Type Of Cloud Are You On?

Trivia

Hard

Boulders Left Behind By Glaciers Are Known As?

Trivia

Hard

Which Of The Beatles’ Songs Was Written Just To Confuse Fans?

Trivia

Hard

The Memorization Technique Used By Memory Contest Champions Is Called?

Trivia

Easy

Researchers Found Cows Produce More Milk When Exposed To What?

Trivia

Very Hard

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley Carried Which Of These Mementos From Her Deceased Husband?

Trivia

Hard

Best Known For Lord Of The Rings And Game Of Thrones, Sean Bean’s Biggest Body Of Work Is Focused On?

Trivia

Easy

When Divers Get “The Bends”, It’s Triggered By A Buildup Of?