And things were going so well with the National Security Agency’s community relations repair after the Snowden ballyhoo. No? Oh, then never mind. Let’s just pile on because this report is so many shades of crap.
Last week, the technology community were flipping its lid because of a nasty virus called “the Heartbleed bug.”
In essence, if you have any presence on social media, you may want to change your passwords, like now (check out this nice breakdown from the sages at Mashable). At any rate, it skeered a few million people and it turns out the NSA may have known about this thing — and exploited it for its benefit — for two years.
Below is the report from Michael Riley of Bloomberg, who broke this story wide open. Never mind the sweet PR for the free plug with Ghostery, which Ed Snowden gave a good amount of love by SXSW. That’s the second half of this interview.
So, the NSA’s alleged decision to keep the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests will resurrect the vitriol and deep-seated concern hipsters and computer nerds (like yours truly) have for the Agency because of news like this.
“Reports that NSA or any other part of the government were aware of the so-called Heartbleed vulnerability before 2014 are wrong,” according to an e-mailed statement from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
And then there’s this.
Statement: NSA was not aware of the recently identified Heartbleed vulnerability until it was made public.
— NSA/CSS (@NSA_PAO) April 11, 2014
Am I the only one who is befuddled by a collection of some of the smartest people on the planet can’t keep their fat thumbs off the #PRFail button? Enjoy the reputation management debacle, super spies.