By Ashley Mazerolle, Marketing —
Hackers working for the Russian government stole security information about the United States and also obtained information as to how they penetrate foreign networks to defend against cyberattacks. The cause for such a breech? Rumor has it that an NSA contractor put a Russian antivirus software on his personal computer.
If our own NSA, Equifax, and large retailers are hacked, how can we be sure our data is safe? With this hacked information in hand, foreign governments or even terrorist organizations could build up their networks with impenetrable security. This would make it extremely difficult for the NSA to function and protect the citizens of the United States.
Kaspersky Lab said it “has not been provided any information or evidence substaining this alleged incident, and as a result, we must assume that this is another example of a false accusation.” Is this truly #falsenews?
The identity of the NSA contractor is unknown public knowledge, but it has been reported that he wasn’t the type of person to violate National Security, he was just working overtime and took his work home with him.
This breach illustrates a repeat problem that the NSA has with keeping classified secrets, secret. Investigators believe that Russian hackers were alerted that a United States NSA contractor was using the software. Software experts believe the software may have found samples of malicious code in the data the contractor had on his computer.
Insiders have said that NSA agents aren’t searched when they arrive and depart from headquarters. Perhaps if they utilized EyeDetect, a next-generation lie detector to help monitor the behaviors of their agents, we would be able to avoid such breaches.
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