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Cybersecurity

NSA and the No Good, Very Bad Monday

Monday was a tough day for those in the business of computer espionage. Russia, still using the alias Guccifer2.0, dumped even more DNC documents. And on Twitter, Mikko Hypponen noted an announcement on Github that had gone overlooked for two days, a group is hosting an auction for code from the “Equation Group,” which is more commonly known as the NSA. The auctioneer’s pitch is simple, brutal, and to the point:

Secrecy: FOIA

VICE's Vice: Snowden Scoop Promises Fire, Doesn't Even Muster Smoke

Over the weekend, VICE published a story entitled “Exclusive: Snowden Tried to Tell NSA About Surveillance Concerns, Documents Reveal.” If you haven’t read it, don’t bother. By its incendiary headline, the story—the product of documents released as part of a FOIA lawsuit—would purport to be an outright validation of Edward Snowden’s claims that he repeatedly tried to raise surveillance concerns with NSA officials but was ignored.

Going Dark

NSA Isn’t the Going Dark Solution, Part III: “Beat Me If You Can”

In the first two parts of this series, I noted the general tendencies of the FBI’s critics to assume away the problems posed by Going Dark by insisting that the NSA—or the intelligence community more broadly—can and will find methods of exceptional access when the police really need them to.

Cybersecurity

Trust and the NSA Reorganization

Yesterday, Susan defended the NSA21 reorganization based on her experience working for the Agency. Her views regarding the roles and incentives of offense and defense might be entirely accurate. But none of that actually matters, because the problem with the NSA reorganization is one of trust and perception. And merging offensive and defensive capacities does nothing to help—and plenty to hurt—public trust.

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