NSA leaker Edward Snowden touted training as hacker

  • Article by: CHRISTOPHER DREW and SCOTT SHANE , New York Times
  • Updated: July 4, 2013 - 10:24 PM

His résumé showed the skills and responsibilities he had on the way to leaking NSA documents.

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martin64Jul. 4, 13 9:25 PM

If anyone believes anything written about this guy, just remember WHO has the most to gain in writing stuff attributed to him.

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jd55604Jul. 4, 1310:36 PM

"He took a course that trains security professionals to think like hackers and understand their techniques, all with the intent of turning out “certified ethical hackers”.....So would this "ethical" hacking include espionage against friendly nations, political blackmail, silencing opposition groups or some bored analyst looking for info on his/her cute next door neighbor? Is anyone that naive that they actually believe a secret agency regulated by nothing more than a secretive rubber stamping kangaroo court will adhere to the law, respect our privacy and only target the bad guys just because they say they will?

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bs6699Jul. 4, 1311:05 PM

It's so not about Snowden, despite the media's fixation on him. How about a story on the NSA and the officials lying about what it does?

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rshacklefordJul. 5, 13 5:14 AM

(article quote): “If he’s looking inside U.S. government networks for foreign intrusions, he might have very broad access,” said James A. Lewis. ---- Ya think? Like to every ISP and packet router that he wanted? BTW, if the gov has to train these guys to think like a hacker and use specific techniques (ie canned ones), they are getting B-stock and well behind the curve.

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jbhall56Jul. 5, 13 6:52 AM

"Ethical hacking" is what security professional do when they are testing the security of a network by using techniques similar to those used by real attackers. The key difference is that the security professional has a contract with the organization they are attacking and is legally allowed to do the attacks. This is required under US law and the laws of other countries. Snowden had no legal approval to do what he did, therefore he has committed a felony under US law.

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sarahanneJul. 5, 13 8:51 AM

Little has been said about the oversight of the workers who work at NSA. The potential of abuse of all of the information that is being collected can be used to harm individuals out of spite. We saw someone do it on a smaller scale at the DNR looking at Drivers License information. If you happen to do something to your next door neighbor who happens to have access to someone at the NSA, how much dirt do you think they can find? I find it hard to believe everyone is a total angel with absolutely nothing to hide.

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