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It’s Time To Split Up NSA Between Spooks and Geeks

March 27th, 2010 03:31 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Hugh Pickens writes “Noah Shachtman writes in Wired that most of us know the National Security Agency as the supersecret spook shop that allegedly slurped up our email and phone calls after the September 11 attacks, but not so many know that the NSA is actually home to two different agencies under one roof: the signals-intelligence directorate who can tap into any electronic communication and the information-assurance directorate, the cybersecurity nerds who make sure our government’s computers and telecommunications systems are hacker- and eavesdropper-free. “The problem is, their goals are often in opposition,’ writes Shachtman. ‘One team wants to exploit software holes; the other wants to repair them.’ Users want to know that Google is safeguarding their data and privacy. The trouble is that when Google calls the NSA, everyone watching sees it as a package deal. Google wants geeks, but it runs the risk of getting spies, too. “

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