Saturday, August 22, 2015

This is bad for Hillary and bad for America.

The implication is that there is such a large hole in American information security that "Top Secret" information - which is supposed to be "air gapped", i.e., not connected to the internet - is being copied onto a flash drive and then casually sent on the internet to irresponsible politicians.

//This information would always be air-gapped. There is no (legitimate) way that a computer system could be connected to TS//SI//TK//NOFORN data and to the outside world.

What can happen is that someone copies information, onto a piece of paper or a thumb drive (actually systems that can handle TS shouldn’t have thumb drives either, but it’s too easy to sneak one in or out) and then copied into an email in an uncontrolled system – a cell phone or a laptop or an iPad. The person doing it has to know that it’s coming from a secure system, has to know how sensitive the data really is; they go through lots of training, repeated reminders, and come and go to the office through a freaking vault door that would do credit to a bank.//

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