The world’s most powerful computer has been stolen by hackers who have used a virus to hack into the network of the US military’s Cyber Command.
The stolen computer is part of a $50m (£34.6m) cyber security operation which has been carried out at the headquarters of the Army Cyber Command, which manages the Army’s computer network.
It is believed that a virus was used to infiltrate the network, which is used to control the computer networks of all US forces, military personnel and contractors.
It will now be used to gain access to the network for an unknown number of hours.
It was initially thought the virus had been detected in April when a hacker who goes by the name of “Duke” broke into a computer network of a US military contractor, according to security experts.
The military said it did not know the identity of the individual who broke into the military contractor’s network.
However, it later emerged that Duke was using a different password to the one he had used to access the computer network at the time.
Duke used a password which was not part of the base’s security system and had been previously used by the military, but which was subsequently changed.
The base’s network security was later updated to make it easier for users to change passwords.
The cyber attack was carried out by the same individual who had used a previously used password to gain control of the network and access to other networks, including those of the Department of Defense.
“We have no reason to believe that the base or anyone connected with the base was targeted,” the US Cyber Command said in a statement.
The hacker has been identified as “Drake”, according to the statement.
He is believed to have access to at least five servers in the cyber security system of the Pentagon, but has not yet been identified.
Drake has also gained access to a server in the Department, the statement added.
Dodge is believed, however, to be working alone and not a part of any military or contractor organisation.
It has also been suggested that Drake could be part of an international cyber crime ring, but no evidence has been found to support this claim.
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The hacker is believed in the US to be in his 20s or 30s, and is not thought to have any links to any organised criminal networks.
The Army Cyber command said it is taking “a proactive approach” to protect the security of its networks, but said it had not found any evidence that Drake was connected to any criminal organisations.
The US military is a major buyer of computer hardware from the world’s leading vendors, including Lenovo and Hewlett Packard.
The army’s computer system is designed to allow it to track down and stop cyber attacks on its networks.
“The cyber threat is very real and we are taking proactive steps to protect our systems,” the Pentagon said in the statement on Thursday.
“These steps include enhancing our cyber capabilities, developing a strategy to detect and prevent cyber attacks, and developing a process for identifying and preventing such attacks.”