A relatively small number of system administrators are able to read, copy, move, alter, and destroy almost every piece of classified information handled by a given agency or organization. An insider-gone-bad with enough hacking skills to gain root privileges might acquire similar capabilities. It seems amazing that so few are allowed to control so much—apparently with little or no supervision or security audits.An unidentified analyst • Raising the red flag about the NSA’s security policies … in 1996, back when Edward Snowden was just 13.
Danielle Rhoades Ha, a spokeswoman for the paper, told the Associated Press that the publication of improperly redacted documents was a “production error.” The paper eventually removed and republished the documents with the identities properly redacted.The NYTimes Leaks Sensitive Information in an Epic Fail
I’m hoping it is a reminder to all elected officials that we don’t owe an allegiance to the federal government, we owe an allegiance to the constitution. We don’t need people in office who are going to help the federal government violate our constitutional rightsMaryland Representative Mike Smigiel • Offering up his thoughts on what he and seven other Republicans hope to accomplish with a new bill that they introduced to the Maryland House of Representatives last Thursday that aims to shut off the water, electricity and other services needed to keep the National Security Administration headquarters in Fort Meade fully operational. The bill would make it illegal for utility companies to offer their services to organizations that collect Americans’ personal data without a specific warrant, and would also bar any company caught doing-so from ever receiving state contracts. If passed, the bill could prove particularly troublesome for a planned NSA data center that the Washington Post says would need access to roughly 5 million gallons of water per day. source
South Sudan’s government has accused rebels in the country of killing 127 hospital patients during the peak of the fighting in the country. The UN says that thousands have been killed in the last month.
Verizon received a bunch of orders to hand over user data in various court cases—including more than 6,000 for real-time metadata.
Here’s a study that compares Facebook to an infectious disease which we’re about to be cured of.
Coach handbags are out of style.