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posted by Fnord666 on Tuesday June 20 2017, @06:43PM   Printer-friendly
from the do-as-I-say dept.

Second-rate opsec remained pervasive at the United States' National Security Agency, according to an August 2016 review now released under Freedom of Information laws.

It's almost surprising that the agency was able to cuff Reality Winner, let alone prevent a wholesale Snowden-style leak. The Department of Defense Inspector General report, first obtained by the New York Times, finds everything from unsecured servers to a lack of two-factor authentication.

The formerly-classified review (PDF) was instigated after Snowden exfiltrated his million-and-a-half files from August 2012 to May 2013.

"NSA did not have guidance concerning key management and did not consistently secure server racks and other sensitive equipment in the data centers and machine rooms" under its "Secure-the-net" initiative, the report says.

Data centre access is supposed to be governed by two-person access controls, the report notes, and the rollout of 2FA to "all high-risk users" was incomplete at the time of writing.

The agency had too many users with admin privileges, the report continues, they're insufficiently monitored, and the NSA had not cut the number of agents authorised to carry out data transfers.

Giving the NSA more funding could probably fix it.

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  • (Score: 2) by butthurt on Tuesday June 20 2017, @10:53PM (2 children)

    by butthurt (6141) on Tuesday June 20 2017, @10:53PM (#528758) Journal

    I didn't read the article. Why would the NSA tolerate a back-door in its internal systems? Out of mere force of habit?

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 20 2017, @11:15PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 20 2017, @11:15PM (#528780)

    We all leave the backdoor open (or a spare key under a rock) for when we need it.

  • (Score: 2) by TheRaven on Wednesday June 21 2017, @08:38AM

    by TheRaven (270) on Wednesday June 21 2017, @08:38AM (#528929) Journal
    Because most of what the NSA buys for security is off-the-shelf software and hardware and the US government is pushing for all off-the-shelf hardware and software to have back doors. They also often buy through intermediaries so that their suppliers don't know that they're selling to the NSA (which would make it very easy for someone else to insert targeted backdoors). This means that they can't but the special no-backdoor NSA version. But, of course, all of the idiots in Congress pushing for backdoors know this...
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