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NSA director profiled

By wiredog in MLP
Tue Jul 31, 2001 at 02:25:46 AM EST
Tags: News (all tags)

The Washington Post profiles General Michael Hayden, the Director of the NSA. The author will be participating in a chat at 1 PM eastern time today (Monday 30 July).

"He was inheriting an agency that was simultaneously being accused of omnipotence and incompetence"
"Stealing secrets is going to get even easier for people who employ technologically advanced tools"


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Plenty of misinformation. (3.33 / 3) (#5)
by Signal 11 on Mon Jul 30, 2001 at 01:51:47 PM EST

"Disinformation almost always works most effectively when it includes a basis in fact."
- Christopher Andrew, co-author of The Sword and The Shield

They can't tap underwater fiber-optic lines autonomously. They need something there to process the relevant information and then transmit it back - there is too much information going over those lines and it would require a second set of fiber optic lines to duplicate the traffic on the first. In addition, if they splice the line, they're open to detection due to phase and echo differences that a good optic tech can detect (the splice will reflect a small amount of the signal back down the line, showing up as interference - an echo).

The submarine they discuss in the article, IIRC, was recently fitted with a 'special package', and it was theorized that it would have a detachable mini-sub (or something to that effect, I don't keep close tabs on the NSA!) to attach to the optic cable and bring it into the ship where it could then be tapped, using the on-board processing equipment of the submarine. Fiber optic cables 'leak' a small amount of light - if you bend it the light will pass through the cable, and sensitive equipment can pickup this bleed through and amplify it.

But, good show guys. :^) I just wish you'd keep your public information, erm, consistent.

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Chat Transcript... (4.80 / 10) (#6)
by Rocky on Mon Jul 30, 2001 at 02:22:20 PM EST

<Lucy> What's your opinion of the Echelon system? Is it real? How does it work on so much traffic?

<GenHayden> I'm afraid I can't comment on that, Miss.

<Lucy> Thanks!

<GeorgeS> How far ahead of everyone else is the NSA's Cryptogtaphy division? Are you guys still five or more years ahead?

<GenHayden> I'm afraid I can't comment on that either, sorry.

<d4rk5t4rr> |-|4|-|4! \/\/3 0wn3d j00r w3b p4935! j00 r h4x0r3d!

<GenHayden> Well, let me see...

<Moderator> Hello, General? Are you still there?

<GenHayden> Yes, that would be right. You did hack our web pages, Timmy Halperin of 22 North Scotch Lane in Laguna Beach, CA 90242. That's right, now 1 0\/\/|\| j00!

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Chat with the Author (none / 0) (#9)
by wiredog on Mon Jul 30, 2001 at 02:50:37 PM EST

Not the General. Oh, and the Post does moderated chats.

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Yeah... (none / 0) (#10)
by Rocky on Tue Jul 31, 2001 at 09:49:37 AM EST

...but you know what they say.

"Never let the truth get in the way of a little comedy!"

If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research, would it?
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)
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