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Inside the NSA’s cybersecurity summer camp

Inside the NSA’s cybersecurity summer camp

It’s fair to say that after the Edward Snowden leaks, the National Security Agency (NSA) has had a bit of an image problem, which in turn has affected recruiting efforts. So what is the NSA doing to combat all this bad PR? Summer camps.

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The CryptoKids aren't alright

The CryptoKids aren’t alright

Generally speaking, like most people in the FOIA community, my interest in public records stems from a desire to know what and why my government is doing, and the always pleasant surprise that I am legally owed an answer. Specifically speaking, I wanted to know who at the NSA signed off on making a saxophone-playing squirrel in safety goggles their kid-friendly mascot.

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NSA contracts stored manually in paper files

NSA contracts stored manually in paper files

Wish you were a little more organized? Have trouble finding that archived contract when you actually need it? Don’t feel too bad: The National Security Agency has the same problem, claiming that its contract database is stored manually and impossible to search by topic, category, or even by vendor in most cases.

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NSA's contract with VUPEN, 'Darth Vader of Cybersecurity'

NSA’s contract with VUPEN, ‘Darth Vader of Cybersecurity’

Documents requested by Heather Akers-Healy from the National Security Agency show it had a contract with the French security researcher VUPEN, whose founder and CEO Chaouki Bekrar puckishly touts himself as the ‘Darth Vader of Cybersecurity.”

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NSA Clown Club

Paul Galante sent this request to the National Security Agency of the United States of America