Why am I not surprised by this? The Economic Development Administration (EDA) overreacted to being informed that they had malware on their internal system, to the point of physically destroying $170,500 of computer hardware (and would have destroyed more if they had not run out of budget to carry on that destruction).
In December 2011, the Department of Homeland Security notified both the EDA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) that there was a possible malware infection within the two agencies’ systems.
The NOAA isolated and cleaned up the problem within a few weeks.
The EDA, however, responded by cutting its systems off from the rest of the world—disabling its enterprise e-mail system and leaving its regional offices no way of accessing centrally held databases.
Tip: Richard Cornford
Our tipster notes that apparently a government agency has nobody in their employ who understands the difference between software and hardware? It’s not unreasonable to see an overreaction. The best IT people probably do not work for the government who tend to be paranoid about this sort of stuff. The article notes there were errors made but the agency acted unreasonably, in a very poor way.