Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The NSA Guide to Using the Internet
The NSA has released a guide to using the Internet.
The document was written for internal use and released under the Freedom of Information Act. Because the NSA had no trouble releasing it, it is easy to be cynical about what it contains. It seems to be a general introduction to the Internet for someone who is not particularly Internet savvy but is not intimidated by computers. The document itself can be found here:
For those who are unaware, the NSA or National Security Agency is a key component of the US Intelligence community, responsible for protecting the communications security of this nation and attacking that security of other nations. Communications security is a fancy way to say code breaking, by the way. For many years it is believed that NSA had the largest computer room in the world, underground, in Fort Meade, Md. Now it is not clear if it has the largest, e.g. how does it compare with Google or Facebook?
This document is probably only of modest interest. It is the concept of an NSA "Guide to the Internet" that is amusing.
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