FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A network security specialist conducting an inspection of Command Sgt. Maj. Gregory York’s office computer has uncovered 84 pieces of malware along with 200 gigabytes of photo and video pornography the senior enlisted leader alleges was uploaded by North Korean hackers, Duffel Blog has learned.
“Those sons of bitches,” York told reporters, angrily pointing out the obvious and cowardly attempt to besmirch the reputation of his unit’s most senior enlisted man. “They don’t know who they’re messing with. And if they think for one second that I, or this unit, will be cowed by their attempts to undermine our reputation, they’d better think again.”
While malware had been distributed throughout the computer, the pornography was located in a folder labeled ‘Training Schedule’ on the desktop and was organized into sub-folders by type, production studio, and video quality. “The first tip-off we got that it was the North Koreans was all the bondage stuff,” York explained. “I mean, it’s a pretty straight line. North Korea; totalitarianism; prison camps; super-hot sex stuff. It’s kind of sad if you think about it.”
Ever since the North Korean-sponsored cyber-terrorist attack on Sony earlier this month, military network specialists have been on high alert for attacks.
“This latest attack demonstrates a desire by the North Koreans to go beyond simply embarrassing a company," said Adm. Michael S. Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command. "Now they are trying to embarrass our military service members who — quite obviously — would never even think about viewing pornography on computers at work or at home."
The viewing or downloading of pornographic material on a classified government computer is normally a gross violation of the network user agreement, as well as being punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. It is believed, York said, that North Korean hackers had this information and were attempting to malign the reputation of senior leaders, or perhaps use the information for blackmail.
Since the investigation began, memorandums have been sent to leadership throughout the Army, imploring them to come forward if they suspect that their computers have been compromised by North Korea. More than 300 senior leaders across the military have come forward to voice concerns, requesting immediate help from local information technology offices, while also hoping to access the pornographic content on the unit share drive "so they know what to watch out for."