iPods: weapons of network destruction

Thursday, 15 July 2004, 3:01 PM EST

The pocket-sized digital music player, which can store thousands of songs, is one of a series of banned gadgets that the military will no longer allow into most sections of its headquarters in the UK and abroad.

Devices with large storage capabilities--most notably those with a Universal Serial Bus (USB) plug used to connect to a computer--have been treated with greater suspicion of late by government agencies and corporations alike.

The fear is that the gadgets can be used to siphon information from a computer, turning a seemingly innocuous device into a handy tool for data thieves.

By Reuters at ZDNet.

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