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The Hawaii facility didn't have modern security updates to prevent this from happening

One would think that former NSA contractor Edward Snowden's attempt to access confidential agency files would not be easy, but it reportedly didn't take much. 
According to The New York Times, Snowden used a cheap Web crawler to delve deep into the NSA's classified files and take them.
A Web crawler is software used to index and back up websites. It can be programmed with various search phrases, and then jumps automatically from Web page to Web page by following links, traveling far and wide in search of relevant documents. 
Some examples of Web crawlers are Googlebot and wget.  
The Web crawler used by Snowden has not been named, but Snowden reportedly programmed his search to find certain subjects and see how deep the search would take him into the NSA’s internal networks.
This raises some major questions; such as why a simple Web crawler was able to return such information on supposedly tightly protected government networks. 
The answer lies in Snowden's location. Back when WikiLeaks incident occurred in 2010, government facilities were required to install updated anti-leak software. But a facility in Hawaii was unable to receive the update because the outpost's network didn't have enough power to run it.

Edward Snowden [SOURCE: Wired]

When Snowden downloaded the 1.7 million NSA files, he was working at that government facility in Hawaii. 
It's currently unclear if Snowden just happened to be placed at that facility or if he made a request, according to reports. 
Nevertheless, this is just one more example of how Snowden outwitted the NSA. During his time at the NSA regional operations center for a month in Hawaii last spring, Snowden conned between 20 to 25 NSA employees to give him their login credentials and passwords. Snowden reportedly told the NSA employees that he needed their passwords in order to do his job, and after downloading secret NSA documents, he leaked the information to the media.
Since the leaks, the floodgates have been opened. In August 2013, 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.
Many top tech leaders, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, have spoken out against the NSA's programs along with civil-liberties advocates, U.S. citizens and even other countries that had the NSA peeping in their window. 
A presidential review panel made 46 recommendations regarding greater restraint on the NSA's surveillance programs last month, which sought for an end to bulk collection of data among other suggestions.
Snowden's thoughts on his lead in the NSA revelations?
"Mission accomplished."

Source: The New York Times

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RE: Can't protect against Snowdens of the word
By ritualm on 2/10/2014 5:28:35 PM , Rating: 3
Spoken like someone that has never worked in a classified environment. Its not unreasonable to expect a bit of loyalty to ones country from those privileged to work on secure projects. Whether you agree with what Snowden did or not it doesn't change the fact that this is an outright betrayal of the very country and its people he claims to be helping. In order to believe him a hero or someone with intent to help society you must first ignore this base fact..sorry i can't go there. I will sooner believe Snowden was a patsy for the Russians. You cannot put a price tag on the political windfall of these spying revelations for our enemies.

1. Paragraphs. Use them.

2. Spoken like someone that doesn't give a damn what's truly at stake. How is it possible that a facility with lots of physical access restrictions can have a IT security setup weaker than open source forum software e.g. phpBB? All that taxpayer money going into installations where its security managers are too incompetent to block "cheap web crawlers" from mining its systems.

3. What "outright betrayal of the very country and its people" has Snowden ever done? Right, you can't name any. The Obama Administration (and previous Presidents before him), and the NSA subverted judicial due process to fight a phony war... against US citizens on its own soil , against everyone else on this planet, why is that not an outright betrayal?

4. Your government created this monstrosity, and you're scared that someone would put the kibosh on it and cause billions in damage? Puh-leeze.

5. "you can never be betrayed by someone you never trusted".

By Cypherdude1 on 2/15/2014 12:45:21 AM , Rating: 2
The dirt Snowden must have on everyone, including those outside the government who are illegally wiretapping phones must be incredible . LOL.

For example, and this has hardly been reported on any website:
CNN's Piers Morgan questioned over phone hacking (in UK by police "under caution")

"We basically took a look at this situation and said, this is bullshit." -- Newegg Chief Legal Officer Lee Cheng's take on patent troll Soverain

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