In the United States of America, for some time there have been leaks of government classified data, such as military covert guidelines, or even engineering plans for the President of the United State's own military transportation vehicles, via peer to peer file sharing networks. With the ignorance of having that same data on a computer which also has a file sharing application installed, the Congress is now set to enact a new type of enforcement on government machines.
United States House Of Representatives elected official Edolphus Towns, from New York, resides as the Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Recently, his affiliates and himself have brought forth a new "Secure Federal File Sharing Act", which is intended to totally prevent any federal employee, or contractor working for the United States government, from having an any p2p or file sharing software on their computers, unless official approval is granted.
Now infamous, there was a situation last year were financial information of the Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, and the names, dates of birth, and Social Security numbers of at least two thousand other federal officials, were leaked onto p2p networks from government computers which had file sharing software installed without the knowledge of what could be accessed via these programs.
Also during the spring of 2009, the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, was put in serious danger after the military helicopter "Marine One" had it's entire blueprints, upgrade information, and avionic schematics leaked onto similar networks. Iranian computers which were seized had this information upon it, and it's still unknown whom all has this "classified" data in their hands now due to the stupidity of some officials.
Just last month, an ethics panel investigation which was ongoing into nearly forty different elected officials and their staff members was leaked onto p2p networks from an FBI field office. Such is the case that now these individuals which were under investigation have knowledge of the ongoing spying into their details and can now shift their methods to appear as if they are no longer involved in shady dealings. Further showing the incompetence of supposedly the best team of investigators in the entire world, the USA's Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Mistakes like these should not be made by the government, let alone some that could put the President's life in danger. The inadvertent leaks of this type of data, should not only be punishable by the removal of any employee considered involved in the error, but also should lead the government to ask just what the hell a federal employee was doing with file sharing software to begin with? Could be anything from treason, to them intending to break the law and download copyrighted material, but only those involved would know.
The honorable Representative Towns was quoted as saying, “We can no longer ignore the threat to sensitive government information that insecure peer-to-peer networks pose. Voluntary self-regulations have failed so now is the time for Congress to act.” Although house regulations already require some standards, it seems that an actual bill must be introduced to stop this p2p leaking, which is a poor example of the security within the United States government.
House regulations currently state “employees must protect the confidentiality of sensitive information from disclosure to unauthorized individuals or groups", yet the lack of knowledge about peer to peer file sharing and various applications which can access different sources of unencrypted data upon one's hard drive is obvious. My question to the government is, why in the hell were these types of files unencrypted to begin with? I encrypt simple text files with my logins or details, yet absolutely pertinent data with information such as a federal investigation of the President of the United States own transportation schematics were unencrypted? What can I say, other than noobs.
Although there is still considerations upon the Informed p2p User Act which is intended to prevent disclosure of information on any computer using peer to peer file sharing software without a direct notification to the owner of the files as to which files would be shared, it seems that these leaks have forced this committee to take urgent action to prevent further information from falling into the hands of the United States enemies. The Informed p2p User Act, also states that it would be illegal to prevent the authorized user of a computer, to block any installation of a file sharing application, or disable and remove the program.
Chairman Towns went on to state, “The time has come to put the proper file sharing restrictions in place. I believe my legislation will help prevent these types of inadvertent security breaches from occurring in the future, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to pass this essential legislation." I wonder why officials ever allowed file sharing apps to begin with, let alone not briefed by intelligence agencies and technology departments of the risks of running such software on any government computer.
Amongst this current p2p prevention on government computers bill, which I heavily agree with, that's just common sense, we have the Informed p2p User Act, and the Net Neutrality bills which will sometime come in front of Capitol Hill in the months ahead. It seems file sharing legislation is proving to become a heavy challenge not just for the United States, but for the entire world, as we all have seen lately.
Hopefully they decide to hire individuals with some technological and security competence in future months as well. Seemingly the old age or lack of knowledge from current elected officials, contractors, or federal employees about file sharing, are putting the great nation at risk by allowing highly sensitive material to be transferred amongst file sharing networks. We all know oh so well how fast something can be propagated across a peer to peer network, and that's something these officials themselves seem to be just know gaining a keen sense of awareness about.
November 19th, 2009
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Thursday, November 19th, 2009
|Government = Noobs.|
|LMAO ...good thing we are the most powerful country cuz we sure are not the smartest|
|posted by (2009-11-19 12:37:31)|
|Thanks, Obs. Although I totally agree with this law, I am dumbfounded as to its need. People all around the world are getting fired for using any of the numerous messaging aps at work, while some government employees are using P2P. That type of person should not only have been fired for gross negligence, but fired for having an extremely low IQ. It will not stop the spies, but it will stop information leaking on the part of ignorance.|
|Hey Obs read this|
Bill would give president emergency control of Internet
|Nice one OBS and thats all i can say on it. I don't live in the USA so i hope all will be good.|
|goverment-idiots that with ur money live a life as kings,,|
|posted by (2009-11-19 16:48:38)|
|They are the worst|
they use net in their offices to watch porn
so theres no suprise how they put on files share
|thanks for the read bud.|
|it's really very sad that i'm forced to be embarassed by the stupidity of my government. i have a hard enough time bearing the bureden of my own low IQ.|
|The USA has some of the most Highest Educated People in the world, but none of them seem to get anywhere near Government Positions its ever seemed...|
i might live here, but i question if im a US Citizen... The pines of Canada are looking Strangely more like home...
|posted by (2009-11-20 03:02:37)|
|There simply has to be more to it than this. The files that were leaked would not just be on anyones' desktop and furthermore wouldn't the gov't's firewall block these unauthorized transmissions or at least log them? Is the US gov't really this naive or am I smelling some kind of conspiracy?|
|posted by (2009-11-20 03:51:27)|
|kingtiger, the reason you don't see people with an IQ of any discernable value is because any one with an IQ above idiot would not voluntarily BE involved in government bureaucracy in the USA. Now don't get me wrong I do think we have SOME smart people in government but they are the ones that are in it for power and glory NOT to represent the people. Could you imagine a world were every government worker actually KNEW how to do thier job? A world where when you needed help you went to the Bureau of ____________ and they took care of the problem right there? (Not 6 to 8 weeks later in a form letter that says basically nothing) A world where laws made sense and if you had an issue someone was there to take care of the problem? Instead of forming a task force to name a commitee to contract a study on the feasability of a solution to put before the house, senate and president to debate, discuss and deal before either passing it on or veto/change what we already paid millions of dollars to formulate? Wait, we forgot the most important part of our law making process.....finding a special interest group to pay the politicinas to pass it into law. To bad filesharers don't have billions of dollars in bribe money, if we did we could share all the files we wanted to without fear. After all "might makes right" and in government money=might.|
|Another great post OBS. You are extremely informative. Great body of work buddy!|
|posted by (2009-11-22 01:12:19)|
|thx for the info|