The FBI has confirmed reports that it was forced to shut down it's external unclassified email network "as a precautionary measure" following the discovery of a virus infection. I am led to understand that the particular virus concerned has been identified by the FBI but this information has yet to find it's way in to the public domain.

What most certainly has, however, is the admission by the FBI itself that it was some 48 hours after identifying the issue and mitigating the risks before email traffic was 'largely restored' to the network which is used primarily for routine communications and messages. The FBI told us that it is "important to note that the FBI's internal, classified network is where communications and e-mail about sensitive and investigative matters take place and was never affected."

Yet full functionality has yet to be restored to that unclassified network, in what must go down as a huge embarrassment for the Feds. An official FBI statement states that "Out of an abundance of caution, the FBI has temporarily self-imposed a limit on sending and receiving attachments on our external, unclassified network to give our technicians time to scan all the attachments that came into the e-mail system to make sure we have identified and mitigated all threats to the network."

We wonder, could it have been conficker? After all, it pretty much managed to sink the Royal Navy fleet comms system a few months back.

About the Author

A freelance technology journalist for 30 years, I have been a Contributing Editor at PC Pro (one of the best selling computer magazines in the UK) for most of them. As well as currently contributing to, The Times and Sunday Times via Raconteur Special Reports, SC Magazine UK, Digital Health, IT Pro and Infosecurity Magazine, I am also something of a prolific author. My last book, Being Virtual: Who You Really are Online, which was published in 2008 as part of the Science Museum TechKnow Series by John Wiley & Sons. I am also the only three times winner (2006, 2008, 2010) of the BT Information Security Journalist of the Year title, and was humbled to be presented with the ‘Enigma Award’ for a ‘lifetime contribution to information security journalism’ in 2011 despite my life being far from over...

Obviously, this is part of the hype behind Obama's attempt to shutdown the Internet. We'll continue to see stories like the "Craigslist Killer" and read bills like H.R. 1966 (CyberBullying Act). There is a bigger picture here folks. The Internet is the last forum for free speech and the global elite are very angry to see the exposure of critical issues like Bilderberg, Obama's attempts to destroy our 2nd amendment (H.R. 2401) and Ron Paul's attempts to audit the Federal Reserve. They want to destroy this media so we have no alternative to Fox News and the other corporate controlled information channels.

Wake up and realize that there are forces at work that are aggressively attacking your first amendment.

Do you wear a tinfoil hat by any chance?