FBI Computer System So Screwed Up, You Need To Hack It To Get Stuff Done
from the not-very-comforting dept
The incredible saga of the FBI's overbudget $500 million computer system that needed to be scrapped after it turned out it was useless in fighting terrorism apparently had some other problems as well. The news has come out today that a contractor hired to work on the computer system was so frustrated by the bureaucracy he needed to go through to do something as simple as adding a printer to the network, that he used some free internet tools to breach the network and get access to the usernames and passwords of 38,000 FBI employees, including director Robert Mueller. The contractor pleaded guilty to various charges, though even the FBI admits that he only appears to have done what he did to actually get work done. It's not clear which part is more disturbing: that the FBI's computer system was so easily hacked, or that the best way to get work done at the FBI is to breach its computer security.