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Swiss Spy Agency: Counter-Terrorism Secrets Stolen 88

Rambo Tribble writes "The Swiss spy agency, NDB, reports a disaffected employee walked out with drives containing terabytes of data shared by counter-terrorism agencies in Switzerland, the U.S. and Britain. It is not yet known if he was able to pass on any information before he was apprehended. 'A European security source said investigators now believe the suspect became disgruntled because he felt he was being ignored and his advice on operating the data systems was not being taken seriously.'"
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Swiss Spy Agency: Counter-Terrorism Secrets Stolen

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  • Advice (Score:5, Insightful)

    by ipquickly ( 1562169 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @05:11PM (#42184445) Homepage

    If his advice included encryption and proper employee screening, maybe he was right.

  • So? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @05:16PM (#42184509) Journal

    Somehow, I'm not terribly worried. Terrorism is a lesser threat to any of us than slipping in the shower is.

  • Re:So? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hatta ( 162192 ) on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @06:24PM (#42185499) Journal

    Evidence you can't see might as well not exist. Especially if the person you have to trust is the one asking for extraordinary powers.

    It's quite telling that there hasn't been a successful terrorist attack in the US since 9/11. That means that the government is 100% effective at counter terrorism. When was the last time the government was 100% effective at anything? Does that not raise red flags?

    Also, look at the alleged terrorists they have apprehended. Every one of them was given significant help by the government. I don't believe a single one of them would have been a credible threat without being egged on by the government. Yes, they might have had the motive, but when the government provides the means and the opportunity they're at least as guilty as the alleged terrorist.

  • Re:Advice (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Arancaytar ( 966377 ) <> on Tuesday December 04, 2012 @07:07PM (#42185965) Homepage

    Showing that the whole "secret Swiss bank account" thing only applies when you're not trying to hide it from the Swiss government. :P

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