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ID:

625

Date:

2012-12-23

Headline:

Revealed: NSA targeting domestic computer systems in secret test

Reporter's name:

Declan McCullagh

Delay/denial:

No

Lawsuit:

No

Fees:

No

Media outlet:

CNet

City:

Washington, DC

Summary:

The National Security Agency acknowledged that its “Perfect Citizen” program is conducting “vulnerability exploration and research” vis-à-vis computerized elements of “large-scale” American utilities including power grids and natural gas, to maintain and develop both offensive and defensive cyberspace capabilities.

Notes:

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) used FOIA to obtain 190 pages of files about “Perfect Citizen” from the NSA, though at least 98 pages were entirely redacted; the reasons for redactions included “classified top secret” and “[could] cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security.” (For more about “Perfect Citizen,” see “U.S. Plans Cyber Shield for Utilities, Companies,” 7/8/10, Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704545004575352983850463108.html)

Keywords:

National Security Agency, NSA, Department of Defense, DOD, Perfect Citizen, Electronic Privacy Information Center, EPIC, infrastructure, cybersecurity, Stuxnet, Israel, Iran, Raytheon, sensitive control systems, SCS

URL:

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1023_3-57560644-93/revealed-nsa-targeting-domestic-computer-systems-in-secret-test/


Agencies:

NSA

States:

DC

Categories:

business
general government
intelligence
national security
technology
telecommunications


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