Where To Go For Biggest Data Leaks? Our Own Government

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zanek writes “Published data reveals that, when identity thieves want Social Security numbers, they head for the fountainhead: Government. No other entity is as efficient at losing SSNs. The preferred method of acquisition? Unattended laptops. When that fails, crooks fall back to tapes, printouts, web postings, inside theft and other tricks wholly dependent on bureaucratic incompetence. After all, cracking networks from the outside can be tricky.” And, yet, the government now wants more and more data, claiming that we should “trust” them to protect it…

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Ari Schwartz (user link) says:

And this is news how?

The United states government has never been good at keeping secrets.

During the Clinton era the NSA were tracking Osama Bin Laden via his satilite phone. Then Clinton ordered a cruise missile strike on his camp. Guess what that did? Absolutely nothing! Only then we lost the means of tracking a known terrorist.

Now we have an attourney general who can’t get his history streight.

“President Washington, Presedent Lincoln, President Roosevelt have all authorised ELECTRONIC survielence on a far greater scale.” This is an ACTUAL quote from Alberto Gonzales before the senate about his survelience plans, only the emphisis is mine. Before we work on stoping data from leaking out, we must work on what data comes IN!

Raiden Gauld says:

Wake-up Call

Okay everyone… I’m gonna unveil a disgusting truth to you.


Now you’re probably thinking “Oh no sh** Sherlock!” and “Duhhh, no…really?!” But that’s garbage. How many people suddenly become “surprised” when the government breaks their word. Politicians are just well versed normal people (only they f*** up their words more often than not, thus the electronic comment).

Personally, if I can’t trust the government in one way, I wouldn’t in the other…

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