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Simple question I haven't seen anyone asking: if the software is capable of detecting unauthorized access to the passport files of Obama, Clinton, and McCain, why doesn't it just block access?
Blocking access should be simpler to program (just throw an error--one line of code) than sending a notification in the background while allowing access to continue. Right?
Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to get back to my Title 13 and 26 training.
This says to me that it was just unauthorized browsing and a super dropped the ball by incorrectly allowing access. Furthermore, the error was compounded by not promptly up the chain once it was determined that browsing was going on.
Yes, you can depend on the kindness of strangers. Or, you can hide the cash and lock the door. Like I said, it's not rocket science. It's basic security.
Like I said: Stupid. The problem isn't that they looked up Obama, Clinton, or McCain, it's that they looked up anyone without a business reason. The record they browsed just happened to have a tripwire. It's a pretty good honeypot to catch browsers if you ask me.
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