The National Security Agency, NSA, is the Primo intelligence gathering and analyzing agency in the world. Like a song from the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me: Nobody Does It Better. Unfortunately, their ability to guard their secret methods and intelligence seems to be on the decline. You are already familiar with the Wikileaks revelations. That shut down and cut off a whole bunch of intelligence gathering opportunities. It probably cost a few lives as well. This time it was another contractor that was targeted and made access to NSA secrets an open gate for Russian hackers. It was an accident, but it was against guidelines as well as just stupid. Another contractor stole and disseminated documents from the agency.
As Written By Dustin Volz, Joseph Menn for Reuters:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Russian government-backed hackers stole highly classified U.S. cyber secrets in 2015 from the National Security Agency after a contractor put information on his home computer, two newspapers reported on Thursday.
As reported first by The Wall Street Journal, citing unidentified sources, the theft included information on penetrating foreign computer networks and protecting against cyber attacks and is likely to be viewed as one of the most significant security breaches to date.
In a later story, The Washington Post said the employee had worked at the NSA’s Tailored Access Operations unit for elite hackers before he was fired in 2015.
The NSA declined to comment, citing agency policy “never to comment on our affiliates or personnel issues.” Reuters was not able to independently verify the reports.
If confirmed, the hack would mark the latest in a series of breaches of classified data from the secretive intelligence agency, including the 2013 leaks of data on classified U.S. surveillance programs by contractor…..
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