Obama Lets NSA Use Zero-Day Exploits by labeling it as ‘National Security Need’

On Saturday, the Senior Administration Officials cast light on the subject of Internet Security and said President Obama has clearly decided that whenever the U.S. Intelligence agency like NSA discovers major vulnerabilities, in most of the situations the agency should reveal them rather than exploiting for national purpose, according to The New York Times.OBAMA’s POLICY WITH LOOPHOLE FOR NSAYet, there is an exception to the above statement, as Mr. President carved a detailed exception to the policy “Unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need,” which means that the policy creates a loophole for the spying agencies like NSA to sustain their surveillance programs by exploiting security vulnerabilities to create Cyber Weapons.After three-month review of recommendations [PDF-file], the Final Report of the Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies was submitted to Mr. Obama on last December, out of which one of the recommendation on page no. 37 states that, “In rare instances, US policy may briefly authorize using a Zero Day for high priority intelligence collection, following senior, interagency review involving all appropriate departments.”Obama took this new decision in January this year, but the elements of decision disclosed just one day after the story of HeartBleed OpenSSL Security Bug broke last week and Bloomberg reported that the NSA may have known about the flaw for last two years and using it continuously to gain information instead of disclosing it.The Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) released a statement on Friday in response to the Bloomberg report saying NSA was not aware of Heartbleed until it was made public.The ODNI report concludes, “In response to the recommendations of the President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies, the White House has reviewed its policies in this area and reinvigorated an interagency process for deciding when to share vulnerabilities. This process is called the Vulnerabilities Equities Process. Unless there is a clear national security or law enforcement need, this process is biased toward responsibly disclosing such vulnerabilities,” that coincides with above stated recommendation.PURCHASED ZERO DAYS, AGAINST ANYONE-ANYTIMEAs we already know, U.S. government is the biggest buyer of cyber weapons and Zero-Day exploits, those NSA and FBI are using from last many years to compromise the Internet for spying on the whole world. In NSA’s exploit archive there could be more than 50 percent of purchased exploits, and without any doubt we can label it as ‘National Security or Law Enforcement Needs’. Thanks for above exceptional recommendation, the use of Zero-day exploits are now enough legal against anyone-anytime.Review Group report also mentions, “US policy should generally move to ensure that Zero Days are quickly blocked, so that the underlying vulnerabilities are patched on US Government and other networks.”

 

In March, Edward Snowden files revealed that the National Security Agency conducted a major offensive cyber operation called “Operation Shotgiant” against the Chinese government and networking company Huawei, in early 2009 and also accused for stealing the source codes for certain products.

Source: http://whogothack.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/obama-lets-nsa-use-zero-day-exploits-by.html#.VkfBl1UrLIU

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