NSA contractor Harold Thomas Martin to face espionage charges over 50TB of "stolen code"


#1

Originally published at: http://boingboing.net/2016/10/20/nsa-contractor-harold-thomas-m.html


#2

Espionage. How does it work?

Or…When Espionage Bites Back

/s


#3

50TB of data or 50TB of code?


#4

Stolen? or copied?


#5

All of the code written in human history would not yield 50TB.


#6

“The amount of stolen data is estimated to be at least fifty terabytes, enough to fill dozens of hard drives,” prosecutors said

Or one 50TB hard drive.


#7

Just go back to the beginning of recorded knowledge and insert a /*


#8

It would be useful to know what he did with the data. Using it to expose government malfeasance: hero. Selling it to corporations or another country: traitorous slime.

I wonder why the Beast felt it necessary to discuss the PhD program partnership. This is a big perk of working for the NSA, though back when I was being recruited by the Agency the major cooperating university was Johns Hopkins. Also, I thought this was a perk available to actual NSA employees, not just to contractors - unless the arrangement was between Booz and UMBC, not the NSA.


#9

Comments back then probably consisted of some weird characters that don’t even exist in Unicode.


#10

How does “dozens of hard drives” convey any sense of scale? I could make that hundreds.


#11

NSA job fair coming to a community near you, soon.


#12

On nearly a trillion punch cards!


#13

Pretty soon it will be enough to fill half a hard drive!


#14

Guess we know how the NSA pays their software contractors: SLOC


#15

been shopping for hard drives recently?Wait a few years.


#16

Or If you used one megabyte drives, you could fill fifty million hard drives. Or ~thirty six million 1.4 MB floppies.


#17

Lookie! It’s my paperweight! Dad spent $750 thirty years ago on it, and people asked what he needed so much space for; 1275 MB was so much space! :smile:


#18

How many eight inch floppies?

In May 2016 the United States Government Accountability Office released a document that covered the need to upgrade or replace legacy computer systems within Federal Agencies. According to this document, there is still a Series/1 that “Coordinates the operational functions of the United States’ nuclear forces, such as intercontinental ballistic missiles, nuclear bombers, and tanker support aircraft.” This system still uses 8-inch floppy disks, however the agency plans to update some of the technology by the end of the 2017 fiscal year.[1]


#19

all of them!


#20

"If convicted, Martin faces a maximum sentence of one year in prison for the unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials"

He can cite the Hillary precedent.