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(The Atlantic Wire)   You know that warning you get at every job and from the maker of every online game or service to never give out your username or password to any one for any reason, ever? Apparently the folks who work at NSA never got that memo   (theatlanticwire.com) divider line 26
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2013-11-08 12:10:56 PM
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2013-11-08 12:13:19 PM
I actually do use a service where I am required to give my username and password every time I speak with a customer service representative.

Then again, it's not through e-mail, but via the livehelp application directly on their website.
 
2013-11-08 12:15:09 PM
This is the 3rd story that the NSA has released.

First it was Snowden stole his superiors credentials.

Then the NSA fired thousands of sys admins to prevent more leaks and made the remaining ones work in pairs.

Now it's co-workers?

Really, who do they expect will believe this story?
 
2013-11-08 12:15:14 PM
Seriously?  I mean COME the FARK ON! every cyber-security briefing at any level STARS with this, and when I interned at the NSA back in HS even in the 80's they were so cyber-security conscious that  if you wandered down a hallway that badge wasn;t cleared for it closed and locked every door on the hallway, sounded and alarm and cut power to all nearby computers
 
2013-11-08 12:27:11 PM
I'm not doing anything wrong, so I have no problem with them storing all my information.
 
2013-11-08 12:29:00 PM
The cool thing about Fark is that if you type your password in the comments, Fark will recognize it and replace it with dots.
See?
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2013-11-08 12:31:27 PM
Oh yeah, the office computer wiz always knows everyone's passwords--even if they don't want to know.

"Here, you do it.  I'm no good with these damn things.  By the way, while you are here, you want to take a look at why I can't fill out my leave request?  My HR password is screem3rinb3d.  Thanks!"
 
2013-11-08 12:32:26 PM

Begoggle: The cool thing about Fark is that if you type your password in the comments, Fark will recognize it and replace it with dots.
See?
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cool let me try that out

yourblogjokesucks

/totally works
 
2013-11-08 12:53:55 PM
Working in IT, I have to ask for users credentials when I rebuild or work on their equipment. Most of the time they answer with 'Well I'm not supposed to give you that' which I follow up with 'ok, I'll change it'

Of course, I don't do it to collect sensitive information to sell.
 
2013-11-08 12:55:44 PM

farbekrieg: Begoggle: The cool thing about Fark is that if you type your password in the comments, Fark will recognize it and replace it with dots.
See?
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cool let me try that out

yourblogjokesucks

/totally works


yeah, that's getting as bad as trolls in any MMO with their alt f4 to fix lag.
 
2013-11-08 01:08:15 PM
Did te­c­h­n­u­mberTK49­[nospam-﹫-backwards]asn*gov use his work email and work email password again when signing up for porn?
 
2013-11-08 01:09:27 PM

mcreadyblue: This is the 3rd story that the NSA has released.

First it was Snowden stole his superiors credentials.

Then the NSA fired thousands of sys admins to prevent more leaks and made the remaining ones work in pairs.

Now it's co-workers?

Really, who do they expect will believe this story?


Not sure why anyone would take anything from NSA officials at face value without independent corroboration at this point.  The one constant in these stories is that they lie through their teeth. To everyone.
 
2013-11-08 01:13:17 PM
There is a certain mental image of these people starting to emerge........
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2013-11-08 01:27:51 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Working in IT, I have to ask for users credentials when I rebuild or work on their equipment. Most of the time they answer with 'Well I'm not supposed to give you that' which I follow up with 'ok, I'll change it'

Of course, I don't do it to collect sensitive information to sell.


Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye".
 
rpm
2013-11-08 01:31:38 PM

TNel: Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye"


Most of the lock screens I've seen allow override by root or Administrator. Why do you need their password?
 
2013-11-08 01:50:26 PM

King Something: 12345


NSA Director Skroob approves.
 
2013-11-08 02:01:54 PM

rpm: TNel: Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye"

Most of the lock screens I've seen allow override by root or Administrator. Why do you need their password?


A lot of the software we use needs to be configured on the user side, local admin doesn't help much. Plus we have around 200 users on virtual clients as well.
 
2013-11-08 03:57:53 PM
Umm, guyz...he was a System Admin.

Whenever I get another inevitable reimage of my Windows work computer the tech will ask for my password.   I change it right afterwards.
SysAdmins are supposed to be ethical.  I was in my day.

Besides, some somebodies have root access.

Wha 'cha gonna do?
 
2013-11-08 05:06:19 PM

rpm: TNel: Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye"

Most of the lock screens I've seen allow override by root or Administrator. Why do you need their password?


There are a lot of sysadmins that are terrible at their jobs.
 
2013-11-08 06:04:21 PM
A Blizzard employee will never ask for your password, unless it's Snowden, in which case it's OK because he's a whistleblower and only haters would get in his way.
 
2013-11-08 06:16:23 PM

Unoriginal_Username: rpm: TNel: Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye"

Most of the lock screens I've seen allow override by root or Administrator. Why do you need their password?

A lot of the software we use needs to be configured on the user side, local admin doesn't help much. Plus we have around 200 users on virtual clients as well.


Okay I'll bite, what sort of software requires you to configure it only after the user has decided on their password (unlike before hand when you just generated it) and you can't simply either tell them how to fill in the required blanks or provide them with a pre-configured image like any reasonable admin would do?
 
2013-11-08 07:52:01 PM

TNel: Unoriginal_Username: Working in IT, I have to ask for users credentials when I rebuild or work on their equipment. Most of the time they answer with 'Well I'm not supposed to give you that' which I follow up with 'ok, I'll change it'

Of course, I don't do it to collect sensitive information to sell.

Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye".


I've been in IT for over 20 years, and when I was starting out I asked a clinically insane woman for her username and password.  It was the last time I ever did THAT.  She was convinced I had hacked into her email account and sent sexually suggestive emails to another man at the university (this was before most people had email, but everyone at the university did), blamed me for it, and then wouldn't leave me alone for almost two months.  She would write nasty emails to my boss claiming that I had broken into her account again and again in order to send nasty emails to her boss and coworkers.

Once I decided I had had enough, I asked one of the Unix admins to dump the telnet logs with IP addresses so we could cross reference those with her IP address and the times she logged into Pine.  They finally fired her once I proved it was her sending the emails, not me.  I was still pretty pissed because management seemed perfectly content to let this woman keep smearing me.
 
2013-11-08 11:04:11 PM
Back at the dawn of time when I was a bank guard almost every employee would turn over their keyboard and place it on top of the monitor. If memory serves +/- 15% of them had taped their passwords onto the bottom of said keyboard. People don't change.
 
2013-11-08 11:41:10 PM
post-it notes on the monitor. little address books in the right hand drawer. emailing spreadsheets to their external emails. text files on the desktop

And then complain that KeePass was too hard to use or took too many keystrokes.
 
2013-11-08 11:48:49 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Working in IT, I have to ask for users credentials when I rebuild or work on their equipment. Most of the time they answer with 'Well I'm not supposed to give you that' which I follow up with 'ok, I'll change it'

Of course, I don't do it to collect sensitive information to sell.


Why lie?

/get bent
 
2013-11-09 11:03:44 PM

TNel: Unoriginal_Username: Working in IT, I have to ask for users credentials when I rebuild or work on their equipment. Most of the time they answer with 'Well I'm not supposed to give you that' which I follow up with 'ok, I'll change it'

Of course, I don't do it to collect sensitive information to sell.

Yup that's what I do.  If the computers locked "Whats your passwod" "I'm not telling you that" "Fine, your password is now password and you must change it on login and it can't be the old password.  Bye".


Then, I type it in myself.  But, I would sooner tell somebody to "eat shiat and die" before I would tell them my passwords.

van1ty: I actually do use a service where I am required to give my username and password every time I speak with a customer service representative.

Then again, it's not through e-mail, but via the livehelp application directly on their website.


Never ever use this service again.
 
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