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121 Pieces of Malware Flagged on NSA Employee's Home Computer
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Dan Euritt
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Dan Euritt,
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11/17/2017 | 1:09:18 PM
Human error?
"...after he installed what appeared to be a pirated Office 2013 application"

The latest version of MS Office is $9.95, for federal imployees? MS HUP

Why pirate the program, when he could get the latest version for next to nothing.

 
Kelly Jackson Higgins
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Kelly Jackson Higgins,
User Rank: Strategist
11/17/2017 | 1:11:38 PM
Re: Human error?
I know, right? This really makes no sense from an NSA employee perspective. So many more questions about what really went down here.
Joe Stanganelli
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Joe Stanganelli,
User Rank: Ninja
11/19/2017 | 5:19:41 PM
Re: Human error?
Even so, I don't expect the scapegoating of the Russians -- all Russians -- to stop anytime soon. Good on Kaspersky, though, for vigilantly defending its brand.
REISEN1955
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REISEN1955,
User Rank: Ninja
11/21/2017 | 8:57:07 AM
Re: Human error?
Let's dig that logic deeper - a pirate version of most anything is a risk one takes.  Let alone a major applicatoin like Office.  I would imagine the policy quoted for usage by NSA staff is valid - I have used specific keys purchased by organizations for Office and run a subscript Office 2016 at home - legit.   So for an NSA staffer to run and use ANYTHING PIRATE BASED is or should be means for termination of employment.  Pure and simple.   Secondly, flagged in 2014 and NOBODY DID ANYTHING ABOUT IT?  For this should have stomped on THE NEXT DAY.   In the malware forensics group I work for, we have had many employees terminated for code of conduct violation.  

Kudos for Kapersky for finding the threats and bad NSA on everything else.   Do hope the staffer is no longer at the NSA and serving ice cream at Dairy Queen.

Money making opportunity here - remember those outfits to report unauthorized, stolen, pirate software too?  Now what about the entire NSA itself using stolen software.  Reward per seat?????
JackDilon
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JackDilon,
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11/21/2017 | 6:00:26 PM
Re: Human error?
Maybe too greedy ? Joke aside, can't understand.
DavidLycope
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DavidLycope,
User Rank: Apprentice
11/21/2017 | 6:37:45 PM
Re: Human error?
Is this a joke ? how can you be so greedy ? 9.95$ huh


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