Wednesday April 27, 2016

NSA So Overwhelmed With Data, It's No Longer Effective

A former National Security Agency official claims that the agency is so overwhelmed with the data it has collected, they are no longer effective. Maybe storing bulk data on almost four billion people might be the problem. Not having a smart system to analyze the data can't be helping either. Maybe they should be more selective of their targets?

In a lunch meeting hosted by Contrast Security founder Jeff Williams on Wednesday, William Binney, a former NSA official who spent more than three decades at the agency, said the US government's mass surveillance programs have become so engorged with data that they are no longer effective, losing vital intelligence in the fray. That, he said, can -- and has -- led to terrorist attacks succeeding.