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Notes and Reflections on Books and Media

by Hannah Leitheiser

Government

#cybersecurity

Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat

Carlin & Graff

2018

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2019-04-01

"...it didn't take long before he had the plain text computer password for every single person in the FBI and the ability to access every files saved on the FBI system -- God level access to the FBI's system. We wondered did we have a spy in our midst?

The answer was Colin actually intended to use his access for good. As he started his work he'd become frustrated with the FBI's bureaucracy. Routine tasks from setting up a computer to adding a new printer to migrating a computer's operating system all required an IT ticket in writing and authorization from the FBI's DC field office, but by stealing the passwords for more powerful users on the system Colin was able to bypass the normal Network restrictions and do such wild and crazy things as add a new printer to the network to eventually see the computer projects completed on time and under budget." - Carlin & Graff, Dawn of the Code War: America's Battle Against Russia, China, and the Rising Global Cyber Threat (2018)

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