Two blurbs, from page A3 to the Houston Chronicle, February 9, 2014.
First, “Media reveals secrets in error,” http://bit.ly/NqW6ia. Edward Snowden leaked a bunch of NSA documents to news media. The news media has been keeping a lid on some of those. Now, however, several news agencies inadvertently released the names of a intelligence target abroad and the names of several workers at the NSA. Oops. Multiple errors. I guess they can’t keep secrets, either.
Second, in the adjoining column (in the print edition), “Snowden’s low-cost tool foiled NSA,” http://bit.ly/1eHytgo. Highlighting again the IT security wisdom is that the biggest threats are internal, investigators find that Edward Snowden inserted a web crawler inside the NSA’s systems to automatically check for and copy/download interesting items. This should have been “easily detected.” I guess our secret squirrels were snoozing. But it raises the question: do our systems protect us against this?