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NYTimes NSA/GCHQ Redaction Fail

In Archive, GCHQ, NSA, NSA Files, Surveillance on January 28, 2014 at 7:32 PM

h/t Cryptome: “NSA and GCHQ docs today with inept redactons were posted by NYTimes on DocumentCloud”

On Monday the New York Times published NSA and GCHQ documents on smartphone surveillance and failed to properly redact the slides, making it possible by highlighting, copying and pasting the text, to extract the information. In the NSA document the name of an NSA employee (Paula Kuruc), a Middle Eastern terrorist group the program was targeting (AQI Mosul Network), and details about the types of computer files the NSA found useful to extract information from, can be seen. In the GCHQ document the single redacted area reads, “Standalone TERRAIN for Initial Mobile Exploit – SSE/SMO/COMSAT access (Long term MVR for SSE).

A NYTimes spokeswoman blamed the mistake on a “production error,” and has since replaced the documents in properly redacted form. (1) (2)

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