How did the National Aeronautics and Space Administration handle one of the first major hacktivist incidents? Newly released records sheds light on what happened during NASA’s investigation of the 1989 WANK worm infection.
These days the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has the dubious distinction of being the “most contaminated place in America,” with about 53 million gallons of toxic waste stored at the sprawling 586 square mile facility. While the recent tunnel collapse is the most severe incident yet at the site, inspection reports released by the Environmental Protection Agency through FOIA reveal a history of slow-burning decrepitude at the nuclear waste dump.
A two-time FOIA lawsuit winner against the CIA and National Reconnaissance Office, Steven Aftergood directs the Project of Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists. There he writes Secrecy News, the FAS blog, and advocates for public access to government information. For this week’s Requester’s Voice, Aftergood spoke with MuckRock about refining requests and the intersection of science and secrecy.