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NSA reveals some cyber security flaws are left secret

Posted: April 30, 2014 at 9:52 am

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In a blog post, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel discussed how the U.S. National Security Agency decides whether to keep a cyber security flaw secret, or disclose it to the public.

TORONTO In a bid to make citizens more confident about how the U.S. National Security Agency operates, the agency has revealed that some cyber vulnerabilities are kept secretin the interest of national security.

In a blog post, White House cybersecurity coordinator Michael Daniel discussed how the U.S. National Security Agency decides whether to keep a cyber security flaw secret, or disclose it to the public.

Disclosing a vulnerability can mean that we forego an opportunity to collect crucial intelligence that could thwart a terrorist attack, stop the theft of our nations intellectual property, or even discover more dangerous vulnerabilities that are being used by hackers or other adversaries to exploit our networks, read the blog.

The blog directly references reports that the NSA knew about and exploited the recently discovered Heartbleed bug a flaw in OpenSSL which made it possible for hackers to snoop on encrypted Internet traffic.

READ MORE: NSA knew about, exploited Heartbleed bug to gather intelligence

In early April, Bloomberg reported that the NSA decided to keep the major vulnerability secret in the interest of national security. Both the White House and the NSA have denied these claims.

In the blog, Daniel said that building a huge stockpile of undisclosed vulnerabilities would not be in the interest of national security or U.S. citizens but, he goes on to say that collecting some vulnerabilities provides a way to conduct intelligence collection in order to protect national security.

Weighing these tradeoffs is not easy, and so we have established principles to guide agency decision-making in this area, the blog read.

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NSA data center uses less water than expected

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The massive National Security Agency data center about 25 miles south of Salt Lake City is using far less water than expected, utility records obtained by The Salt Lake Tribune show.

Records from the city of Bluffdale, which sells water to the facility, show monthly water use at the $1.7 billion data center peaked last July at 6.2 million gallons. Thats well below what the 1 million gallons a day that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted the center would need to cool its computer processers.

Water records from January 2012 through February 2012 show the centers use has fluctuated, consuming more water in summer months as temperatures rise. The centers December bill showed 3.8 million gallons were consumed. In January, water consumption rose to nearly 4.9 million gallons before falling in February to about 2.8 million gallons.

With those numbers so far below what engineers predicted, it raises questions about to what degree the center is operational. NSA officials have refused to say if the center is up and running after its scheduled opening last October was stalled by electrical problems.

NSA spokeswoman Vanee Vines did not respond to messages seeking comment Tuesday.

I would guess that its not up and fully running, James Bamford, the author of several books on the NSA who in 2012 wrote about the Utah center in Wired magazine, told The Associated Press on Tuesday. The difference between what they were planning and what they are actually using is magnitudes of difference.

That makes it logical to assume the center is not fully operational and may be having further problems, Bamford said.

Its not likely that initial estimates about how much water the center would need were wrong, he said.

Building a data center is not very unique, Bamford said. Theyve done it many times all over the country, and Im sure they can judge how much water will be used.

Records show the NSA has made contract-required minimum monthly payments to the city, which were about $29,000 a month in July and increased to about $32,000 a month in January 2014.

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NSA Surveillance Panel 1 – Video

Posted: April 28, 2014 at 10:48 pm


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Rainey Reitman of Electronic Frontier Foundation speaks about the NSA.

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NSA Surveillance 2 – Video

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Chris Conley of the ACLU discusses the NSA surveillance program.

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MVI 1847 Obama’s NSA Denies FOIA About MH 370! – Video

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MVI 1847 Obama #39;s NSA Denies FOIA About MH 370!
Folks this is scary, this is really, really scary, why would Obama #39;s NSA deny Dr Taitz request under FOIA, about MH Flight 370. http://www.dcclothesline.com/...

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German opposition says US should destroy Merkel’s NSA file – Video

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German opposition says US should destroy Merkel #39;s NSA file
The German opposition is urging Chancellor Angela Merkel to pressure US President Barack Obama into destroying her NSA file. A leading opposition politician has told reporters that the destruction...

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NSA Throwdown: John Oliver v. 60 Minutes

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In the debut episode Sunday of his new HBO show Last Week Tonight, Daily Show alum John Oliver grilled former National Security Agency chief Gen. Keith Alexander about the spy agencys controversial surveillance programs. Oliver won praise for being remarkably tough in the segment, especially for a comedian, but it isnt the first time Alexander sat down for a nationally-televised interview.

In December last year, Alexander granted unprecedented access to the CBS News program 60 Minutes, including an extensive interview with the top spook himself. The 60 Minutes segment on the NSA scored extraordinary access into a notoriously secretive organization but at perhaps too high a cost. The segment was panned for being remarkably easy on the agency, especially for a venerated investigative news program.

TIME wanted to see how tough-for-a-comedian stacked up against easy-for-a-venerated-news-program. So we did a completely unscientific, utterly subjective match up to help weigh the two interviews against one another. (Full disclosure: TIME is currently owned by Time Warner, the same parent company that owns HBO, though that will change in the coming months.)

Behold, the comedian-journalist throwdown of the century (or the week, or the day, anyway): John Oliver v. 60 Minutes.

1. On the reach of the NSAs programs.

Among the low points of 60 Minutes correspondent John Millers interview with Alexander was when Miller asks if the NSAs phone records collection constitutes spying on Americans and basically answers his own question. You dont hear the call? Miller says, offering Alexander his answer. You dont hear the call, Alexander repeats, to the surprise of no one. Miller didnt see the point in pressing the issue any further. And while Alexanders answers were not strictly untrue as a logistical matter, the NSAs collection of phone metadata, including call duration, timestamp, and phone numbers, is not trivial, which John Oliver proves with one piercing retort.

But thats not nothing. Thats significant information. Otherwise you wouldnt want it.

Point Oliver

2. On the status of NSA leaker Edward Snowden.

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New water records show NSA Utah Data Center likely behind schedule

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New water records finally released to the Salt Lake Tribune appear to confirm that the National Security Agency's new data storage facility in Bluffdale, Utah may not be fully operational.

Reporter compelled Bluffdale to provide data on Utah Data Center's water usage.

The data shows that since July 2013, the facility used 6.2 million gallons of water in a month, the highest single month in over two years of data. For that, the NSA paid $28,596 monthly to the City of Bluffdale, the minimum bill amount.

Under the two entities water contract, that minimum bill jumped to $31,692 as of 2014. However, since July 2013, the monthly water usage fell, rose, and fell again in 2014, reaching a low point of 2.8 million gallons as of February 2014 (the most recent data point).

In October 2013, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Utah Data Center had experienced 10 [electrical] meltdowns in the past 13 months. The paper added that the Utah site continuously draws 65 megawatts of power, which could power a small city of at least 20,000. Bluffdale itself is a small city of 8,000 people, located just south of Salt Lake City. It is also the headquarters of the Apostolic United Brethren, a Mormon fundamentalist group.

The NSA did not respond to Ars repeated requests to find out whether the facility is operational.

The water is believed to be used to cool the massive data center the NSA has been building at the site. In order to accommodate the NSAs water needs, the Tribune reports:

Bluffdale built a $3 million water-delivery system for the center. To ensure it would be able to repay the bond, the city required minimum monthly paymentscalled take or payfrom the NSA. But the contract assumes the NSA will exceed those minimums, at which point Bluffdale begins charging the NSA at a rate that currently amounts to $2.05 per 1,000 gallons.

The version of the contract between the NSA and Bluffdale released by the city redacts the planned amounts of the minimum payments and the Utah Data Centers projected water usage. Its unclear how much more water the NSA could receive with the minimum payment.

When the originalwater records request was denied by the city, the rulingcited legal advice from David Sherman, the associate director for policy and records at the NSA.

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READER SUBMITTED: NSA CT April 2014 Meeting

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NSA CT Announces Dick Bruso April's Guest Speaker

The National Speaker's Association Connecticut chapter has announced NSA member Dick Bruso will be the guest speaker at the organization's monthly meeting to be held April 29.

His clients include best selling authors and in-demand speakers, as well as successful entrepreneurs and business leaders. He is a contributing author, on the topic of branding, to NSA's popular books, "Paid To Speak and Speak More!" Dick is an active member of NSA and NSA/Colorado. He served as president of NSA/CO for 2005-2006 and prior to then was a member of the NSA National PR Advisory Task Force. Dick, also, served as the 2009-2010 chair of the NSA Writers & Publishers PEG, as the chair of the NSA Academy for Professional Speaking for 2011-2012 and as the co-chair of the 2012 Cavett Institute.

The subjects covered in this upcoming meeting are intended to benefit anyone who speaks for a living or does so to obtain clients for their business. Providing a platform for networking and education, the meeting is one of many held by the organization. Members and guests are welcome.

Holding seven to eight such meetings per year at the Shelton Public Library - Huntington Branch the NSA CT chapter offers free attendance to members and associates. Guests can attend at a rate of $35 per person. Registration is now open by visiting the link below and clicking on the "Register Now" link: https://nsact.org/meet-reg1.php?mi=bc2110eb65fbb3c5ccbe15c1429086a1&id=49$$AUTOLOGIN$$

Visitors can join any meeting by going to the website, and can also find out more through the organization's calendar. They can also find a speaker through the Member Directory or contact the organization directly.

The next meeting, featuring guest speaker and NSA member Dick Bruso, will take place April 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the Shelton Public Library - Huntington Branch, 41 Church Street, Shelton. To learn more about the NSA CT, go to http://nsact.org. About the National Speaker's Association Connecticut Chapter.

The National Speaker's Association Connecticut Chapter holds meetings seven to eight times a year covering various topics helpful to those who speak professionally. Special meetings such as Speaker 101 are intended to help anyone who wants to get into the speaking business. Meetings are free for members and associates.

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NSA TARGETED OBAMA, CONGRESS, SUPREME COURT, & THEIR SPOUSES, CHILDREN – Video

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