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How the NSA shot itself in the foot
by denying prior knowledge of
Heartbleed vulnerability

ZDNet, by Zack Whittaker

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Posted By:SoCalGal, 4/14/2014 12:28:30 AM

The National Security Agency has eyes and ears everywhere. At least, so we thought. In 2012, during a classified but widely-known operation at Fort Meade, MD, government crypotographers and developers downloaded the OpenSSL source code, as it does with dozens of other software published on the Web. The operation´s objective was to find weaknesses in the library and exploit those vulnerabilities as part of wider efforts by the intelligence agency to conduct mass-scale surveillance. Executives and senior officials heralded it as one of the biggest vulnerability discoveries in the intelligence agency´s recent

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: woofwoofwoof, 4/14/2014 12:45:12 AM     (No. 9809758)

Dumb article, author is just speculating.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: earlybird, 4/14/2014 9:33:27 AM     (No. 9810000)

Not dumb at all. Author is saying that, by denying prior knowledge of Heartbleed, the NSA is admitting that it was not doing its job. Not protecting us after all. It SHOULD have known. Immediately.

The author makes it clear that this article is not about the typical complaint - that NSA uses vulnerabilities to snoop on us.

Rather it is that an agency like NSA should know all about these vulnerabilities immediately when they show up.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: bugboy, 4/14/2014 10:34:24 AM     (No. 9810054)

With all the knowledge about what the NSA has been up to we are to believe that they never spotted this hole and have been using it.

If the NSA never found this hole, or didn´t institute themselves, then their cyber criminals aren´t very good at what they are supposed to be doing.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Emerson, 4/14/2014 10:59:01 AM     (No. 9810086)

Re #3, that´s what this writer is saying.

We all know what shooting oneself in the foot is all about.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: toddh, 4/14/2014 12:44:08 PM     (No. 9810262)

So the NSA is supposed to have better understanding of the software than the people who wrote it? OpenSSL team didn´t find the bug either. Nor did the thousands of companies that used OpenSSL, including Google and Apple. Didn´t *they* have an obligation to their customers to audit code they shipped?

Isn´t the writer being a whiny imbecile by expecting perfection from humans?

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