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(Huffington Post)   Darrell Issa (R-eally Evil) complains that healthcare.gov may be open to hacking, insists on un-redacted copies of the networking code, then releases it. The Aristocrats   (huffingtonpost.com) divider line 192
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2014-01-11 07:31:08 AM  

Bucky Katt: Issa isn't evil.  He's just weapons grade stupid.


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2014-01-11 07:31:38 AM  

Rueened: Harry_Seldon: NewportBarGuy: Why don't we just hand out the nuclear launch codes while we're at it.

00000000000000000000

It's actually 0.0.0.destruct.0.


I thought it was U.U.D.D.L.R.L.R.B.A.Start
 
2014-01-11 07:37:28 AM  

Mayhem_2006: Bucky Katt: Issa isn't evil.  He's just weapons grade stupid.


Nope, he's evil. Government agencies are desperately fighting his subpoenas because he constantly leaks out what he gets. He is trying to systematically wreck the government's ability to function.
 
2014-01-11 07:45:54 AM  

Mayhem_2006: Bucky Katt: Issa isn't evil.  He's just weapons grade stupid.

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I'll tell you why not both... he's extremely EFFECTIVE at doing evil things.  This means that he can be good and stupid, thus resulting in evil actions.  He can also be evil and smart, thus resulting in evil actions.  If he is evil and stupid, he would accidentally do more good than harm.
 
2014-01-11 07:48:54 AM  

TuteTibiImperes: The letter that the article says contains excerpts of code doesn't seem to contain excerpts of code, unless he posted that separately.


Its only citation, however, is one farking Yahoo news article.  That ALONE is grounds for at least a hefty fine, in my book.
 
2014-01-11 07:50:22 AM  
Can we finally start having a serious national discussion about getting our sanitation-working Italian relatives who live in New Jersey involved in this matter?
 
2014-01-11 07:57:59 AM  
Ariel Sharon dead.. I'm guessing TotalFark is filling up with submission now.
 
2014-01-11 08:00:21 AM  

Alphax: Ariel Sharon dead.. I'm guessing TotalFark is filling up with submission now.


I ran a death pool for a few years.  I had Ariel on it for 5 god damn years and that f*cker never budged.  Gave up the death pool a few years back.

DAMN YOU SHARONNNNNNNNNNN!
 
2014-01-11 08:03:11 AM  
If they have nothing to hide, they should have nothing to fear, right?
 
2014-01-11 08:04:08 AM  

Alphax: Ariel Sharon dead.. I'm guessing TotalFark is filling up with submission now.


Guess now, he'll be Subterranean Sharon.
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2014-01-11 08:09:07 AM  
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Errrrr......Whoops...wrong thread!
 
2014-01-11 08:10:21 AM  
www.quickmeme.com
 
2014-01-11 08:11:17 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2014-01-11 08:12:43 AM  

pueblonative: Rueened: Harry_Seldon: NewportBarGuy: Why don't we just hand out the nuclear launch codes while we're at it.

00000000000000000000

It's actually 0.0.0.destruct.0.

I thought it was U.U.D.D.L.R.L.R.B.A.Start


That self destruct code only works on Gradius 3 on the SNES.
 
2014-01-11 08:12:43 AM  
i.qkme.me
 
2014-01-11 08:23:22 AM  
"Security through obscurity" is a weak form of security. If there are flaws in the design then they will be found and exploited even in the absence of source code.
 
2014-01-11 08:28:05 AM  
Unbelievably stupid. Farrah Abraham look like a Rhodes Scholar by comparison.
 
2014-01-11 08:28:25 AM  
What issa did is obviously reprehensible and he should be punished, but question regarding this:

Why not make it open source? There has to be a team or coders out there who would gladly look over the code, point out problems or offer advice. They can check to see if any back doors were being added, check to make sure the security is up to standard, whatever.

Why is the us government concerned about the code being released? Wouldn't it be stronger if it was public and white hats can go over it and point out the problems before taking it live?
 
2014-01-11 08:29:42 AM  

Apos: Unbelievably stupid. Farrah Abraham looks like a Rhodes Scholar by comparison.

Fixed.
 
2014-01-11 08:36:58 AM  

MattStafford: What issa did is obviously reprehensible and he should be punished, but question regarding this:

Why not make it open source? There has to be a team or coders out there who would gladly look over the code, point out problems or offer advice. They can check to see if any back doors were being added, check to make sure the security is up to standard, whatever.

Why is the us government concerned about the code being released? Wouldn't it be stronger if it was public and white hats can go over it and point out the problems before taking it live?


There may be HIPAA considerations that prevent the use of Open Source code. By law the personal information of people who use the ACA website must be protected, and letting anyone have access to the code for that site - which could place user's personal information at risk - is not acceptable.
 
2014-01-11 08:38:16 AM  

Makh: If anyone of you did this you would be killed for treason.


this.  it seems like everything this clown does is shameless and serves the interest of undermining our national (IT)security
 
2014-01-11 08:43:44 AM  

MmmmBacon: MattStafford: What issa did is obviously reprehensible and he should be punished, but question regarding this:

Why not make it open source? There has to be a team or coders out there who would gladly look over the code, point out problems or offer advice. They can check to see if any back doors were being added, check to make sure the security is up to standard, whatever.

Why is the us government concerned about the code being released? Wouldn't it be stronger if it was public and white hats can go over it and point out the problems before taking it live?

There may be HIPAA considerations that prevent the use of Open Source code. By law the personal information of people who use the ACA website must be protected, and letting anyone have access to the code for that site - which could place user's personal information at risk - is not acceptable.


Surely there isn't any PHI in the actual code? It seems like the suggestion is that making it open source would allow that data to be more easily accessed, but I think people would come together to make sure it was a secure as possible.

If there were problems connecting to the various systems housing the information, just create identical fake systems. Although I'm sure I think that is easier than it actually is.
 
2014-01-11 08:44:24 AM  
Any government employee with a security clearance who did this would be canned and prosecuted before they even knew what happened.
 
2014-01-11 08:53:57 AM  

smoothmat.files.wordpress.com
"Issa gone crazy!"



/Oblig
//Seriously....He needs to be committed.
 
2014-01-11 08:54:22 AM  
This should be obligatory to all Issa threads:

The definition of true, ultimate karma is Darrell Issa being trapped in a stolen, burning car that uses one of his old Viper alarms. And as the flames get hotter and hotter, the car alarm activates and says "Please die in this car fire" in his voice..... over and over and over again.
 
2014-01-11 08:54:27 AM  

Heliovdrake: This sure sounds like a crime.


The 1% don't commit crimes.
 
2014-01-11 09:02:30 AM  

Heliovdrake: This sure sounds like a crime.


This is from the same guy who released the unreviewed material from Benghazi, material that included names of our informants in the area. He isn't gonna go to jail, no matter how many times/ways he purposely sabotages our government.
 
2014-01-11 09:19:22 AM  

NewportBarGuy: Why don't we just hand out the nuclear launch codes while we're at it.


Nah, how about Mr. Issa's SSN? I'd ask for his mother's maiden name, but slime molds reproduce asexually I think.
 
2014-01-11 09:22:29 AM  
Information wants to be free!
 
2014-01-11 09:28:11 AM  

jso2897: MaudlinMutantMollusk: There is something very wrong with Mr. Issa

/and anyone who defends or supports him

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Issa asshole!


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2014-01-11 09:31:55 AM  
Sounds like grounds for at least having his classification revoked.
 
2014-01-11 09:40:23 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Sounds like grounds for at least having his classification revoked.


That would be HILARIOUS.
 
2014-01-11 09:43:18 AM  

Alphax: He does have a pattern of releasing any sensitive information that comes his way.


This right here is why Issa needs to be kicked to the goddamn curb when it comes to having the power he does right now.  He's a disgrace and has already shown he doesn't give a damn if he releases sensitive documents (or put people's lives at risk), just so long as he 'sticks it to the Dems'.
 
2014-01-11 09:43:28 AM  
Republicans... doing everything they can to sabotage every effort to improve the country when they're not in power and doing everything they can to fark the country over when they are in power.
 
2014-01-11 09:46:03 AM  

Wyalt Derp: Are the people calling Issa a traitor the same people who called Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden heroes?


Not me. All three of them are traitors. Even if what Issa did this time wasn't treason, his release of sensitive information about our intelligence operations in Libya was. It's a big step from "extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" to "treason in the defense of political advantage is no vice."
 
2014-01-11 09:52:04 AM  

MmmmBacon: MattStafford: What issa did is obviously reprehensible and he should be punished, but question regarding this:

Why not make it open source? There has to be a team or coders out there who would gladly look over the code, point out problems or offer advice. They can check to see if any back doors were being added, check to make sure the security is up to standard, whatever.

Why is the us government concerned about the code being released? Wouldn't it be stronger if it was public and white hats can go over it and point out the problems before taking it live?

There may be HIPAA considerations that prevent the use of Open Source code. By law the personal information of people who use the ACA website must be protected, and letting anyone have access to the code for that site - which could place user's personal information at risk - is not acceptable.


Uh... nope.  Open source doesn't make it easier to hack information, it makes it easier for anyone to look at the code so any security flaws that could make HIPPA considerations vulnerable would become more likely noticed and fixed.  Open source doesn't give access to stored information.  Linux is open source and is far superior in its security than the likes of Windows.
 
2014-01-11 09:55:43 AM  
...and Edward Snowden is still considered a traitor.
 
2014-01-11 09:55:49 AM  

cameroncrazy1984: Sounds like grounds for at least having his classification revoked.


That would be pretty funny and also entirely appropriate, but I don't think it's possible to deny any level of clearance short of the executive-restricted (e.g. nuclear launch codes) to members of congress.  For the practical reason that congress sets the legal side of said levels of classification if nothing else.
 
2014-01-11 09:56:10 AM  

Peter von Nostrand: Christ what a Republican


Perfectly said.
 
2014-01-11 10:02:40 AM  

mamoru: From TFA: It remains to be seen if Issa will release more excerpts from the documents, but he's got quite a track record of leaking sensitive information. In Oct. 2012, he compromised the identity of Libyans working with the U.S. by posting 166 pages of sensitive State Department cables online. He leaked a document in May 2011 that was covered by a court-ordered seal, he released sensitive information in July 2011 about security breaches at U.S. airports and in June 2012, he revealed information from court-sealed wiretaps while speaking on the House floor.

How the hell is this guy still in office, much less still being given access to sensitive information?


He has a net worth of 460M...he is able to understand the common man so well
 
2014-01-11 10:10:15 AM  

Semantic Warrior: MmmmBacon: MattStafford: What issa did is obviously reprehensible and he should be punished, but question regarding this:

Why not make it open source? There has to be a team or coders out there who would gladly look over the code, point out problems or offer advice. They can check to see if any back doors were being added, check to make sure the security is up to standard, whatever.

Why is the us government concerned about the code being released? Wouldn't it be stronger if it was public and white hats can go over it and point out the problems before taking it live?

There may be HIPAA considerations that prevent the use of Open Source code. By law the personal information of people who use the ACA website must be protected, and letting anyone have access to the code for that site - which could place user's personal information at risk - is not acceptable.

Uh... nope.  Open source doesn't make it easier to hack information, it makes it easier for anyone to look at the code so any security flaws that could make HIPPA considerations vulnerable would become more likely noticed and fixed.  Open source doesn't give access to stored information.  Linux is open source and is far superior in its security than the likes of Windows.


Linux has had a long time to mature and work out potential security flaws. Open Source can be great to develop a finished product that's been rigorously tested, but there's a big difference between developing something from the get-go as an open source project and publishing the source code for something that was developed behind closed doors after it's already gone live.

Security through obscurity isn't a long term solution, or a replacement for continual testing for security holes, but it does buy time to fix problems before they become known and can be exploited.
 
2014-01-11 10:12:09 AM  

tbhouston: mamoru: From TFA: It remains to be seen if Issa will release more excerpts from the documents, but he's got quite a track record of leaking sensitive information. In Oct. 2012, he compromised the identity of Libyans working with the U.S. by posting 166 pages of sensitive State Department cables online. He leaked a document in May 2011 that was covered by a court-ordered seal, he released sensitive information in July 2011 about security breaches at U.S. airports and in June 2012, he revealed information from court-sealed wiretaps while speaking on the House floor.

How the hell is this guy still in office, much less still being given access to sensitive information?

He has a net worth of 460M...he is able to understand the common man so well


He can buy and sell hundreds of them.
 
2014-01-11 10:16:06 AM  

Snapper Carr: as much as I dislike Issa, I'm skeptical about this.

1) There was no code in the letter linked by TFA.

2) Issa may be an opportunist and a terrible human being, but he is very tech savvy. He has to know that releasing the source code for a critical government website (especially one that collects vital user data) can only bite him in the ass in the long run.


He's released information on the location of secret CIA facilities before.  You think that releasing webcode matters to him?  Might want to rethink no. 2 there.

Plus, never under estimate his stupidity.  He might just think they're being overly dramatic and it's not really a big deal.
 
2014-01-11 10:20:01 AM  
www.newsbiscuit.com
seriously, this is what the modern republican party is becoming.  hilarious if it werent terrifying.
 
2014-01-11 10:21:43 AM  
Really getting tired of willfully ignorant Luddites making decisions for the rest of us about technology that they dont understand.

These decisions will effect our productivity and scientific advancement for years to come.

/ This is why we cant have nice things...
 
2014-01-11 10:25:28 AM  
What is Issa even going to do with raw code, debug it? Hold hearings about the exception error that happens when you submit a letter in a number field?
 
2014-01-11 10:30:30 AM  

Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: What is Issa even going to do with raw code, debug it? Hold hearings about the exception error that happens when you submit a letter in a number field?


I want 7 hearings a week times 40 weeks!  And if you do that using 2 FOR operations with iterative cycles, don't f*ck it up with a syntax error!
 
2014-01-11 10:31:09 AM  
Semantic Warrior:
Uh... nope.  Open source doesn't make it easier to hack information, it makes it easier for anyone to look at the code so any security flaws that could make HIPPA considerations vulnerable would become more likely noticed and fixed.  Open source doesn't give access to stored information.  Linux is open source and is far superior in its security than the likes of Windows.

This is more debatable than you Linux cowboys want to make it out to be.

But it *is* debatable, as opposed to clear that we should just trust in the closed-source semi-monopolies.

And it is tangential, the point that remains is that Issa has once again leaked classified information which could damage the functioning of our country in order to attack political enemies.
 
2014-01-11 10:33:05 AM  

coeyagi: Barry Lyndon's Annuity Cheque: What is Issa even going to do with raw code, debug it? Hold hearings about the exception error that happens when you submit a letter in a number field?

I want 7 hearings a week times 40 weeks!  And if you do that using 2 FOR operations with iterative cycles, don't f*ck it up with a syntax error!


"Did you or did you not forget to close your bracket on line 4308?!"

"I... I don't know, sir."
 
2014-01-11 10:51:11 AM  
 This is exactly how much "good faith" they have been "negotiating" with all along. They had 8 years under a Republican administration with the expectation of a rubber stamp on  everything they did but under a Democrat administration they have stone walled everything and done anything to fark things up. These monsters never need to see the inside of the White House ever again.
 
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