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Cyber Attack Prompted New Pentagon Cyber Defense Plan

Washington (CNN) -- An infected flash drive put in a U.S. military laptop in 2008 set off the most significant cyberattack ever against the military and brought a turning point in cyberdefense strategy, a top defense official wrote in an article published Wednesday.

Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III, in an article titled "Defending a New Domain" posted on Foreign Affairs magazine's web site, said the "previously classified incident was the most significant breach of U.S. military computers ever."

According to Lynn, the attack served as "an important wake-up call" that led to a new Pentagon counterattack strategy dubbed Operation Buckshot.

"An enormous amount of foundational work remains, but the U.S. government has begun putting in place various initiatives to defend the United States in the digital age," Lynn's article said.

The attack started with the infected laptop at a U.S. base in the Middle East, according to Lynn.

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