WASHINGTON - The U.S. government's efforts to determine which highly classified materials leaker Edward Snowden took from the National Security
Agency have been frustrated by Snowden's sophisticated efforts to cover his digital trail by deleting or bypassing electronic logs, government
officials told The Associated Press. Such logs would have showed what information Snowden viewed or downloaded.
The government's forensic investigation is wrestling with Snowden's apparent ability to defeat safeguards established to monitor and deter people
looking at information without proper permission, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss
the sensitive developments publicly.
The disclosure of Snowden's hacking prowess inside the NSA also could dramatically increase the perceived value of his knowledge to foreign
governments, which would presumably be eager to learn any counter-detection techniques that could be exploited against U.S. government networks.
Snowden, a former U.S. intelligence contractor, was employed by Booz Allen Hamilton in Hawaii before leaking classified documents to the Guardian and
The Washington Post. As a system administrator, Snowden had the ability to move around data and had access to thumb drives that would have allowed him
to transfer information to computers outside the NSA's secure system, Alexander has said.
The above, directly from an Associated Press article seems fairly innocuous and non-problematic on the surface. But between the lines there are some
very, very dangerous tones being tiptoed around.
Anyone with a fair amount of computer knowledge will probably begin to zero in on the issues rather rapidly. Snowden was almost certainly utilizing
FOSS ( Free open source software )
both in his job and in his ( supposed )
extra curricular activities.
The DoD uses multiple operating systems, but as this article
- when it comes to USB they are very pro Linux.
This article shows that the NSA also has a fondness for the Linux OS.
This becomes problematic when the rhetoric begins to circulate as is stated above... Making Snowden out to be a super hacker with a general sort of
"This guy broke through our safeguards and we need to get to the bottom of this and make sure it doesn't happen again, blah blah blah..."
IE it is beginning to appear that the powers that be are going to be shifting blame toward the FOSS software Snowden ( and all of us ) had access
to... and not, oh I don't know, the gaping HOLE IN THE STORY OF HOW A FEDERAL CONTRACTOR IN A SENSITIVE INSTALLATION WAS ABLE TO NOT ONLY SMUGGLE USB
THUMB DRIVES IN AND OUT - BUT WAS PLACED AT WORK STATIONS WITH LIVE AND UNCONTROLLED USB PORTS!!!!
This is one of the many reasons I personally believe Snowden is an active agent and that this entire episode was planned and executed as a
justification for a cyber coup.
If you fail to see the danger here... Well Microsoft and Apple are already very much in compliance with the NSA demands about how they engineer their
closed source software. The last bastion of digital freedom does reside in FOSS software.
Even if you don't know a thing about Linux - think of it this way... In cyberspace Linux is every bit as important to our freedoms as the fight for
gun rights is. The two fights are very, very similar in scope and consequence. If FOSS software is classified as dangerous by the US government, and
we are all left with just Windows and Apples OS as our choices? Well we might as well just pull up a second chair and sit an NSA agent down next to us
when we are online - because their view to our activities will be exactly that open and unimpaired.
Increasingly it appears that Uncle Sam is coming for your Ubuntu, your Fedora, your Arch... Name your flavor and understand that there are very
powerful people who do not want you having the same level of privacy and security that THEY themselves rely upon.
This is certainly not the first thread I have authored upon this general subject... and I fear it will not be the last.
It is not hyperbole to say that if we allow Uncle Sam to outlaw or seek to control FOSS software - the fight for digital freedom is all but over.
Watch as this story develops to see if my instincts are right. I pray that they are not, but feel in my bones that I am right on the money with this
edit on 8/25/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)