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Death of the NSA

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by baldilocks

The NSA got the Coconut Treat­ment.

From Busi­ness Insider:

The National Secu­rity Agency, the US’s largest and most secre­tive intel­li­gence agency, has been deeply infil­trated by anony­mous hack­ers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé pub­lished Sunday.

The NSA, which com­piles mas­sive troves of data on US cit­i­zens and orga­nizes cyberof­fen­sives against the US’s ene­mies, was deeply com­pro­mised by a group known as the Shadow Bro­kers, which has made head­lines in the past year in con­nec­tion to the breach, whose source remains unclear.

The group now posts cryp­tic, mock­ing mes­sages pointed toward the NSA as it sells the cyber­weapons, cre­ated at huge cost to US tax­pay­ers, to any and all buy­ers, includ­ing US adver­saries like North Korea and Russia.

It’s a dis­as­ter on mul­ti­ple lev­els,” Jake Williams, a cyber­se­cu­rity expert who for­merly worked on the NSA’s hack­ing group, told The Times. “It’s embar­rass­ing that the peo­ple respon­si­ble for this have not been brought to justice.”

As I’ve men­tioned before, I’m a for­mer USAF lin­guist. I have many long­time friends and acquain­tances from that pro­fes­sion who have worked for what used to be sweetly called No Such Agency – as if peo­ple didn’t see NSA ana­lysts arriv­ing to work every day.

Many of these friends are lib­er­als and, of that num­ber, a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion rabidly and vocally despise Don­ald Trump, and that’s fair. But I never see them offer an opin­ion on this sort of thing, all of which hap­pened dur­ing the Obama Admin­is­tra­tion and under another rabid anti-​Trump per­son­al­ity, for­mer DNI James Clap­per. They won’t even share these types of links. Surely they read the NYT.

I real­ize that some of my friends are unable to legally com­ment on such things, but you would think that more of them would have been anti-​Obama dur­ing the past eight years. But they seem to love him. Strange.

(Thanks to Richard Fer­nan­dez)

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

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More like undead.

by baldilocks

The NSA got the Coconut Treatment.

From Business Insider:

The National Security Agency, the US’s largest and most secretive intelligence agency, has been deeply infiltrated by anonymous hackers, as detailed in a New York Times exposé published Sunday.

The NSA, which compiles massive troves of data on US citizens and organizes cyberoffensives against the US’s enemies, was deeply compromised by a group known as the Shadow Brokers, which has made headlines in the past year in connection to the breach, whose source remains unclear.

The group now posts cryptic, mocking messages pointed toward the NSA as it sells the cyberweapons, created at huge cost to US taxpayers, to any and all buyers, including US adversaries like North Korea and Russia.

“It’s a disaster on multiple levels,” Jake Williams, a cybersecurity expert who formerly worked on the NSA’s hacking group, told The Times. “It’s embarrassing that the people responsible for this have not been brought to justice.”

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a former USAF linguist. I have many longtime friends and acquaintances from that profession who have worked for what used to be sweetly called No Such Agency – as if people didn’t see NSA analysts arriving to work every day.

Many of these friends are liberals and, of that number, a significant portion rabidly and vocally despise Donald Trump, and that’s fair. But I never see them offer an opinion on this sort of thing, all of which happened during the Obama Administration and under another rabid anti-Trump personality, former DNI James Clapper. They won’t even share these types of links. Surely they read the NYT.

I realize that some of my friends are unable to legally comment on such things, but you would think that more of them would have been anti-Obama during the past eight years. But they seem to love him. Strange.

(Thanks to Richard Fernandez)

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB:  Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!