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Submission + - The NSA and Snowden: Securing the All-Seeing Eye (acm.org)

CowboyRobot writes: Bob, Toxen, one of the developers of Berkeley Unix among other things, has an article at the ACM in which he describes how the NSA could have prevented Edward Snowden from releasing classified information. "The NSA seemingly had become lax in utilizing even the most important, simple, and cheap good computer security practices with predictable consequences, even though it has virtually unlimited resources and access — if it wants it — to the best computer security experts in the country... Consider that one of Snowden's jobs was copying large amounts of classified data from one computer to a thumb drive and then connecting that thumb drive to another computer and downloading the data. He likely secreted the thumb drive on his person after downloading the data he wanted and took it home. This theft could have been prevented rather easily with the use of public-key encryption... The NSA should have had a public/secret key pair created for each sysadmin who needed to transfer data and a separate account on each computer for each sysadmin to transfer this data."
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The NSA and Snowden: Securing the All-Seeing Eye

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