Tuesday, June 20, 2017

How did Snowden get away with all of that data?

It seems that NSA had pretty bad internal security:
Second-rate opsec remained pervasive at the United States' National Security Agency, according to an August 2016 review now released under Freedom of Information laws. 
It's almost surprising that the agency was able to cuff Reality Winner, let alone prevent a wholesale Snowden-style leak. The Department of Defense Inspector General report, first obtained by the New York Times, finds everything from unsecured servers to a lack of two-factor authentication.
The National Computer Security Center is part of NSA.  They certainly know how to secure a system.  Snowden seems to be a case of the shoemaker's children having no shoes.


SiGraybeard said...

How? Because government.

I mean, I hate to be trite, but it has become apparent that they can't do anything right. I just don't expect competence. Tom Clancy says they're only good at killing people and breaking things, and while that's true here in the Homeland as proven by Waco, Ruby Ridge and others, we haven't exactly had an awe-inspiring list of military victories in, oh, the last half century.

As Milton Friedman said, if you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara desert, in five years there'd be a shortage of sand.

Dan said...

What's-it's-name Manning's twitter bio says it's a network security expert. I understand it's looking for work...