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Title    NSA Network Security Code Appears on GitHub
Date    Thursday September 03 2015, @01:46AM
Author    cmn32480
Topic   
from the how-can-you-not-trust-the-NSA dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=15/09/02/1859213

mendax writes:

El Reg is reporting:

The NSA today revealed it has uploaded source code to GitHub to help IT admins lock down their networks of Linux machines.

The open-source software is called the System Integrity Management Platform (SIMP). It is designed to make sure networks comply with US Department of Defense security standards, but the spy agency says it can be adapted by admins to meet individual security needs as well.

"The open-source software method of transferring technology from the federal laboratory to the marketplace is extremely efficient," said Linda Burger, director of the NSA Technology Transfer Program.

"The open-source community can leverage the work that NSA has produced, and the government can benefit from that community's expertise and perspective. It's a win for everyone – and for the nation itself."

So, not only do they want your secrets, they want you to help them get them. Yes, it's open-source software and the source code can be examined, but the NSA skeptic in me thinks this sounds very dodgy.


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  1. "mendax" - https://soylentnews.org/~mendax/
  2. "reporting" - http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/07/09/nsa_network_security_code_leaks_onto_github/
  3. "The open-source software" - https://github.com/NationalSecurityAgency/SIMP
  4. "(SIMP)" - https://github.com/simp
  5. "said" - https://www.nsa.gov/public_info/press_room/2015/NSA_Shares_Cyber_Tool.shtml
  6. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=9286

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