August 30, 2005
— Ace Interesting piece from Time.
We continue deserving it:
As cyberspying metastasizes, frustrated network protectors say that the FBI in particular doesn't have enough top-notch computer gumshoes to track down the foreign rings and that their hands are often tied by the strict rules of engagement. That's where independents--some call them vigilantes--like Carpenter come in. After he made his first discoveries about Titan Rain in March 2004 [and made the key discovery of the cyberattacks' point of origin from three servers in China], he began taking the information to unofficial contacts he had in Army intelligence. Federal rules prohibit military-intelligence officers from working with U.S. civilians, however, and by October, the Army passed Carpenter and his late-night operation to the FBI. He says he was a confidential informant for the FBI for the next five months. Reports from his cybersurveillance eventually reached the highest levels of the bureau's counterintelligence division, which says his work was folded into an existing task force on the attacks. But his FBI connection didn't help when his employers at Sandia found out what he was doing. They fired him and stripped him of his Q clearance, the Department of Energy equivalent of top-secret clearance. Carpenter's after-hours sleuthing, they said, was an inappropriate use of confidential information he had gathered at his day job. Under U.S. law, it is illegal for Americans to hack into foreign computers.
It sounds like the hunt is on and we need some hardcore people who can do more than hack up buggy Visual Basic apps.
Posted by: Tony at August 30, 2005 09:19 PM (dYcZw)
Posted by: Joseph at August 30, 2005 09:29 PM (WqtGz)
Posted by: Tony at August 30, 2005 09:59 PM (dYcZw)
Posted by: geoff at August 30, 2005 11:04 PM (J0ZE/)
Posted by: Joseph at August 30, 2005 11:25 PM (WqtGz)
Posted by: Tony at August 30, 2005 11:53 PM (dYcZw)
Funny, it only took two years for a President with his shit together, Ronald Reagan, to undo the damage of the Carter Years.
Look, we have a current President whose highest goal is to redistribute the nations wealth to the rich and especially the very rich. He has his side issues like "smoking the evildoers out of their caves", but its mostly been 4 1/2 years of growing government to spread corporated pork, keeping the Borders open to cut wages and jobs to Americans to enhance owner profits...and a little red meat tossed out now and then to the loonies of the Religious Right to keep them enthused.
Blaming it all on Clinton was old in 2002, blaming it all on Clinton when close to 5 years have passed and you have a Republican President and Congress either too weak or too focused on devilering wheelbarrows of Federal money to their big donors to reverse "Clinton damage" is purely pathetic.
Posted by: Cedarford at August 31, 2005 01:41 AM (6krEN)
Posted by: Dave at August 31, 2005 02:55 AM (qooHO)
Posted by: SGT Dan at August 31, 2005 03:19 AM (jCQ+I)
I don't know what anyone can do other than to publicize their failures to the point that they become a byword for incompetence. And I'd like a little more scrutiny on leakers, please. It seems like all these agencies prefer to communication by tattling to favorite journalists off the record. If players aren't willing to say things officially, with the weight of the agency behind them, the information is mere gossip and backbiting.
Posted by: S. Weasel at August 31, 2005 03:30 AM (rasT+)
Ironically thats a quote made repeatedly during the Reagan administration.
Posted by: Dman at August 31, 2005 08:32 AM (m2CN7)
Posted by: geoff at August 31, 2005 08:39 AM (J0ZE/)
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