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Russian Hackers Pilfered Data from NSA Contractor's Home Computer: Report
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REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
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10/6/2017 | 1:59:03 PM
Whose fault?
Contractor --- using a "home" computer without, probable, good security protocols for NSA based high secret work.  What is wrong here?  WHOEVER put the contractor IN there is at fault for not stressing YOU DO NOT DO GOVERMNENT WORK AT HOME!!!  Again, almost Hillary's famous server.  Without at least high end firewalls and such --- well, no wonder it was hacked and HAVING NSA DATA  ON IT is a serious, legal breach indeed.  Do not blame Kapersky on this one. 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/6/2017 | 2:36:50 PM
Re: Whose fault?
We just posted an updated report that it was actually an NSA employee, not a contractor. Either way, it's not okay that the nation's spy agency can't keep its classified data safe. Also, if you're going to go back to the email server story, you should also include the recent news about the Kushner & Ivanka Trump personal email accounts being used for White House business, and then being moved to the Trump organization's server. More examples of lax security for sensitive government operations.

Anyway, here's the latest on the NSA:

Russian Hackers Targeted NSA Employee's Home Computer

https://www.darkreading.com/attacks-breaches/russian-hackers-targeted-nsa-employees-home-computer-/d/d-id/1330071?
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10/6/2017 | 2:46:59 PM
Re: Whose fault?
You are quite right on email - and there are thousands MORE stories like it - plus ancient mainframe systems being unable to do GLOBAL email, only inernal email.  Reminds me of the old IBM PROFS system - internal email only used by IBM ONLY and nobody who used it had resume value OUTSIDE of IBM. 

And the most recent story about a hacker getting into White House email as Jared Kushner tool

AND the legendary, scare the hell out of you story about China hacking the NUCLEAR FOOTBALL once!!!
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/6/2017 | 2:54:19 PM
Re: Whose fault?
And don't forget John Kelly's pwnd phone: https://www.darkreading.com/vulnerabilities---threats/john-kellys-personal-phone-compromised/d/d-id/1330068?

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REISEN1955,
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10/6/2017 | 3:21:52 PM
Re: Whose fault?
I suppose we may all be thankful that the USA Nuclear command and control seems to be hosted on 1970s vintage mainframe systems of which NOBODY remembers HOW to hack and invade?   Those old System/370 systems, S/34 - 36 and 38 go on forever.  
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
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10/6/2017 | 3:25:39 PM
Re: Whose fault?
Mainframes for the win!
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10/7/2017 | 8:08:48 AM
Security Corrective Action
Internal-External Airgapping needed . . .
REISEN1955
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10/9/2017 | 2:43:27 PM
Re: Security Corrective Action
The virtue of simplicity.  How about NO GOVERNMENT-PRIVATE DATA EVER EVER EVER on a "home" system particularly if you are dealing with SECURITY CLEARANCE ISSUE!!!    I think conseqiuences such as termination, lawsuit, jail can be persuasive.  A home computer IS NOT secure and most government systems sure are not either.  But to add pain to the pudding through a home system exposure is a violation of every sane security law in the book!!!!  RTFM as they used to say ages ago. 
Joe Stanganelli
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10/9/2017 | 3:22:22 PM
Re: Whose fault?
> actually an NSA employee, not a contractor.

That's kind of worse, no?

I certainly support work-from-home and telecommuting, but when you're talking about that kind of high-level government work, things need to be vetted for the home office.
Joe Stanganelli
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10/9/2017 | 3:27:43 PM
Re: Security Corrective Action
>  I think conseqiuences such as termination, lawsuit, jail can be persuasive. 

While I don't disagree with your overall reaction, there are certain problems with immediately going to extreme retributive measures when it comes to this stuff. At the end of the day, it's shadow IT -- and if you unrelentingly flog the peasants every time something like this comes to light, you're going to discourage self-reporting of security incidents for other employees who may be violating IT rules.

Perhaps the employee should be fired, but that shouldn't be the one-size-fits-all insta-solution for every IT violation. Otherwise, you risk not finding out about compromises until it's far too late because employees will fear for their jobs.
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