NSA Delayed Installing 'Anti-Leak' Software At Site Where Snowden Worked Because Of 'Insufficient Bandwidth'

from the because-reasons dept

Reuters is reporting that the NSA apparently had "delayed installing" the "most up-to-date anti-leak software" at the site in Hawaii where Ed Snowden was based:
The purpose of the software, which in the NSA's case is made by a division of Raytheon Co, is to block so-called "insider threats" - a response to an order by President Barack Obama to tighten up access controls for classified information in the wake of the leak of hundreds of thousands of Pentagon and State Department documents by an Army private to WikiLeaks website in 2010.

The main reason the software had not been installed at the NSA's Hawaii facility by the time Snowden took up his assignment there was that it had insufficient bandwidth to comfortably install it and ensure its effective operation, according to one of the officials.
It's unclear from this reporting if "insufficient bandwidth" means, literally, insufficient network bandwidth, or insufficient time for local sysadmins to get to this project. If it's the former, then, huh? That makes no sense. There's no way they had insufficient network bandwidth, or if they did, then the NSA has some serious problems. If it's the latter, then, what? Good thing the NSA is now getting rid of 90% of its sys admins, huh?

Filed Under: anti-leak software, bandwidth, ed snowden, nsa, sys admins


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    Anonymous Coward, 18 Oct 2013 @ 2:50pm

    Patriots are Threats!

    The Tree of Liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of Patriots and Tyrants.

    Do not forget, it is very possible for our own government to become the tyrants.

    The tree is dying.

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