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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins 147

An anonymous reader writes "The Snowden revelations continue, with The Intercept releasing an NSA document titled 'I hunt sys admins' (PDF on Cryptome). The document details NSA plans to break into systems administrators' computers in order to gain access to the networks they control. The Intercept has a detailed analysis of the leaked document. Quoting: 'The classified posts reveal how the NSA official aspired to create a database that would function as an international hit list of sys admins to potentially target. Yet the document makes clear that the admins are not suspected of any criminal activity – they are targeted only because they control access to networks the agency wants to infiltrate. "Who better to target than the person that already has the ‘keys to the kingdom’?" one of the posts says.'"
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Inside NSA's Efforts To Hunt Sysadmins

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  • by L4t3r4lu5 ( 1216702 ) on Friday March 21, 2014 @08:52AM (#46542267)
    This is why I insist that my official job title is "Soup Dispenser Technician, Second Class" on all official documents.
  • A limerick (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @08:59AM (#46542297)
    There once was an NSA operative from Nantuckett
    Whose ________ was so _______ he could ________.
    He said with a _________ as he wiped off his __________,
    "If my __________ was a _________ I would __________ it."
  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:01AM (#46542307)

    If only you could pass those damned astro-navs....

  • by fuzzyfuzzyfungus ( 1223518 ) on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:16AM (#46542427) Journal
    Your mention of shipping people 'to various countries' gives me an idea...

    Since all the 'extraordinary rendition' bag, drag, and torture kids at the CIA are still running around in arrogant impunity, going so far as to just yoink inconvenient documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee(seriously, most of the members of that are appeasnik fuckwits who basically worship the clandestine services, so it must be really, really bad if the CIA is embarrassed in front of them. Also, if there are things the clandestine services do that even that part of the senate isn't allowed to know about, can we really maintain the pretense that civilian government is actually in anything resembling control?) how about pitting two problems against one another?

    It'll be an exciting contest, like a reality TV show; but with higher stakes, rules as follows:

    The NSA will be the intelligence-spooks team: their job is to dig up as much dirt on the CIA as possible, by whatever l33t haxx0ring necessary, and try to have the CIA neutralized by political and/or public outrage, at least to the point of organizational collapse, to the point of wholesale hangings-from-the-lampposts for bonus points.

    The CIA will be the wet-ops creeps team: they will have to 'disappear' key NSA personnel to our worldwide network of extralegal torture dungeons fast enough to keep the lid on their dirty laundry, and try to drive the NSA to the point of institutional paralysis or collapse, with extra points awarded for any actually-true facts obtained during the 'enhanced interrogation' sessions.

    Gentlemen, to the starting line, and may you both lose!
  • by interkin3tic ( 1469267 ) on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:23AM (#46542473)
    Good idea, I'll post a message to the facebook group for assassins for hire, and we'll... hmm... who could be at the door THIS early?
  • by L4t3r4lu5 ( 1216702 ) on Friday March 21, 2014 @09:55AM (#46542801)
    How would the veto work if the UN voted out the USA?

    "I veto your voting us out!" "You can't do that, you've been voted out so you therefore have no veto." "But the vote is vetoed, so we weren't voted out!" "..." "..."
  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Friday March 21, 2014 @10:23AM (#46543035) Homepage
    But you merely adopted the shell. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn't see the GUI until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
    The login prompts betray you, because they belong to me.

    so give it your best, young man. I and my greybeards are forged in this art. We know that behind your presentation, your boldface scrawlings and your bemused predatory preamble that we have coffee ringed RFC's that have seen more fervent attempts than yours. Save yourself some grief and maybe curry our favour. target our PHB instead.
  • by Minwee ( 522556 ) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Friday March 21, 2014 @10:35AM (#46543129) Homepage
    I'm sure you would have made it further than "Technician Second Class" if it hadn't been for that unfortunate incident with the gazpacho soup at Captain Hollister's table.
  • by Minwee ( 522556 ) <dcr@neverwhen.org> on Friday March 21, 2014 @10:39AM (#46543153) Homepage

    "OK, Private, you know the enemy uses US civilians as human shields, and that's when we use the .50 caliber to make sure the bullet goes through the US civilian in order to get the terrist hiding behind him!"

    "But I don't see anyone hiding behind any of those civilians!"

    "They can be tricky. Start shootin' anyway."

I use technology in order to hate it more properly. -- Nam June Paik