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Snowden Used Cheap, Web-Crawler Software to Gain Access

Snowden Used Cheap, Web-Crawler Software to Gain Access

Intelligence officials have learned that NSA leaker Edward Snowden gained access to highly classified documents with an inexpensive and widely available software program.

The New York Times reports that Snowden used webcrawler software to extract data - an automated process. Former Deputy Director of the CIA and CBS News Senior Security Contributor Michael Morrell says Snowden's insider attack was not sophisticated and should have been readily detected.

Morrell says the takeaway from the report is the need for stricter controls on who has access to sensitive material.

He says the networks at the White House, at DOD, at State Department - those individuals who have access to this information need the same kind of security that happens inside the intelligence community.

 

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