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Snowden then accessed and downloaded secret NSA documents with that information

A new detail about the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) leaks has emerged: agency employees gave former NSA contractor Edward Snowden their login credentials. 

According to a new report from Reuters, Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords. Snowden did this while working as a computer systems administrator at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii last spring.

Snowden reportedly told the NSA employees that he needed their passwords in order to do his job. 

However, Snowden used their information to access classified documents that he wasn't supposed to see. He downloaded tens of thousands of secret NSA documents (as well as documents from its British counterpart, Government Communication Headquarters) as a result, and leaked them to the media. 

The report added that a "handful" of NSA employees who gave their passwords to Snowden were identified and removed from their assignments. It wasn't clear whether they were put on other assignments or fired. 

This new information regarding Snowden's use of NSA passwords was revealed when the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee approved a bill that will strengthen security over U.S. intelligence data. The bill will push for the installation of new software that can identify and track attempts to access or download secret materials without authorization.

In addition, the bill will require intelligence contractors to immediately report to spy agencies on incidents in which data networks have been accessed by unauthorized personnel.

Last month, it was reported that the NSA didn't install the most up-to-date, anti-leak software at the Hawaii operations center before Snowden arrived there for work.

In August, reports said that the NSA admitted to touching 1.6 percent of total globe Web traffic. Its technique was to filter data after harvesting it, which led to over-collection on a major scale. 

Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt recently called the NSA's spying on data centers "outrageous" and that its strategies of pulling hundreds of millions of records to find a few hundred is "bad public policy" and even "illegal."

Source: Reuters

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The demonizing continues
By roykahn on 11/8/2013 3:31:40 PM , Rating: 2
In related news:

Sir John Sawers, head of MI6, claimed Snowden’s leaks have caused damage. "The leaks from Snowden have been very damaging. They’ve put our operations at risk. It’s clear that our adversaries are rubbing their hands with glee. Al-Qaeda is lapping it up."

Translation: "If our spying efforts aren't kept secret, the terrorists win". He's almost saying that Snowden was aiding terrorists.

Leaking information about spying programs = harmful.
Secretly spying on millions of innocent people = necessary.

It seems like those doing the spying don't like the taste of their own medicine. Please sir, can I classify my own communications as 'top secret'.

RE: The demonizing continues
By superstition on 11/8/2013 4:08:45 PM , Rating: 2
They also claimed that Glenn Greenwald's partner is a terrorist and spy because he was working for the Guardian and had a copy of the Snowden documents.

"For all the lecturing it doles out to the world about press freedoms, the UK offers virtually none...They are absolutely and explicitly equating terrorism with journalism," Greenwald said.

Watch Pauline Neville-Jones, a technology "expert" make a fool of herself trying to toe the government's sensationalist line: (31:50 in)

RE: The demonizing continues
By Reclaimer77 on 11/10/2013 6:28:04 PM , Rating: 2
UK citizens have no true freedoms because they are all expressly granted by the state. And that which is bequeathed by the state can be recinded just as easily and arbitrarily.

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