This kid deserves a medal. But what he will get is a life of being hunted. And in a few weeks everybody will go on with their lives. Unfortunately. Where is the uproar? Where is the tea party? Where is Occupy "Everything"? Where are all the Libertarians? Where are all the officially elected politicians who claim to be Libertarians? Where are all the 'defenders of the constitution'? This stuff is not even front page news.
I never said breaking into computers was his job; I said it was my job. In other words I am more than qualified to speak about technical matters and the skill it takes to perform his duties.
Furthermore, I started off my career working with defense contractors. I *more* than understand his job and position.
In fact, that is why I am not surprised this continues to occur.
Where did I crucify him, btw? My comment about his salary was speaking about how much defense contractors can rip the government off by charging very large amounts of money for rather basic skillsets.
Calm down, cupcake.
He had access because he was paid to keep the systems running. The access needed to do that inherently provides the access to underlying data as it resides on the machines he administered. Unless encrypted to ensure separation of duties (which obviously isn't the case here) ... it all comes down to trust.
And just to be clear, as a person whose job it is to secure networks, servers, etc... I do not trust my government, nor support them in their effort to backdoor the Internet.
I am a big time privacy advocate and think that regardless of peoples' opinion on right/wrong, Edward Snowden should be applauded for having an enormous set of balls.
Let me ask everyone that would defend the President and the current regime on Prism, were you for/or against SOPA and the PIPA legislation? Such legislation would have increased the powers of the DoJ to go after whomever they saw as "violating" piracy policies with the endgame of being able to create a kill switch on any and all websites (the power to shut down the internet ala Iran or at the least censor it ala China).
Most of you, if I recall were asking for their internet to be left alone, but then how could you possibly reconcile that with it being okay have you privacy severely compromised by having your phone calls etc. recorded and then being once again called out if you are thought be "violating" the status quo. Either way you will be censored and or shut down except this time it wouldn't be a website.
It's the perfect tool for a fascist government. Anytime anyone speaks out against the government or any political enemies to the government. They will troll through all your personal and private info looking for something to get on you. And if they can't find anything on you they will PLANT IT. Perfect way to get rid of people. Amerika.
"Politics is the Art of Looking for Trouble, Finding it Everywhere, Diagnosing it Incorrectly, and Applying the Wrong Remedies"