Backchannel chatter: NSA's split personality
It's “actually home to two different agencies under one roof,” Shachtman writes. “There’s the signals-intelligence directorate, the Big Brothers who, it is said, can tap into any electronic communication. And there’s the information-assurance directorate, the cybersecurity nerds who make sure our government’s computers and telecommunications systems are hacker- and eavesdropper-free.
“In other words,” Shachtman continues, “there’s a locked-down spy division and a relatively open geek division. The problem is, their goals are often in opposition. One team wants to exploit software holes; the other wants to repair them.” Follow the rest of his argument here.
| March 25, 2010; 12:00 PM ET
Tags: Danger Room, NSA, National Security Agency, Noah Shachtman, Wired Magazine
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