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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 74
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2014-01-10 10:53:39 PM
12 votes:

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


That f*cker would do it in a heartbeat if he thought he could score a political point

/the man is the walking definition of a sh*tstain
//no shame, no pride
///just bald-faced greed and avarice
2014-01-10 10:47:31 PM
11 votes:
There is something very wrong with Mr. Issa

/and anyone who defends or supports him
2014-01-10 11:15:59 PM
10 votes:

MmmmBacon: And the Teahadists will eat this up, and call him a Hero, especially if the released code leads to a hacker bringing the ACA website down.


It wouldn't be the first time Issa decided the best solution to his problems would be to just burn it all down.
2014-01-10 10:18:58 PM
9 votes:
This sure sounds like a crime.
2014-01-11 12:05:53 AM
8 votes:
Christ what a Republican
2014-01-10 11:57:01 PM
8 votes:
If anyone of you did this you would be killed for treason.
2014-01-11 01:57:13 AM
7 votes:

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


"Stupid" implies forgivable ignorance. Issa isn't stupid. He's malicious. Releasing secret and classified information is his SOP, and he does it with knowledge and intent.
2014-01-11 12:25:39 AM
7 votes:

SilentStrider: Feeling stupid now, but to what are you referring?


Grand theft auto (x3), leaving the scene, arson, and insurance fraud.

Link
2014-01-11 01:22:11 AM
6 votes:
Enough.

They've crossed the line.  Issa's buffoonery could be tolerated when he was only hurting his reputation.  But this is, at the very least, dereliction of his constitutional duty.  At worst, it's a crime.  Either way, he needs to be expelled from office.  I only wish Boehner had the balls to do it.
2014-01-11 12:01:15 AM
6 votes:

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


I'm sure we'll hear calls for Issa to be hanged by his neck until he is dead very soon. For releasing sensitive information directly to the internet. Fair is fair.
2014-01-10 11:03:12 PM
5 votes:
How is this not a crime?
2014-01-10 10:59:04 PM
5 votes:
And the Teahadists will eat this up, and call him a Hero, especially if the released code leads to a hacker bringing the ACA website down.
2014-01-11 11:25:25 AM
4 votes:
If you're a Republican, stick the barrel of one of those guns you love so much into your mouth and pull the farking trigger. It'll be the first decent thing you've ever done.
2014-01-11 08:36:58 AM
4 votes:

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 07:18:34 AM
4 votes:
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?
2014-01-11 12:28:28 AM
4 votes:

SilentStrider: TuteTibiImperes: MmmmBacon: And the Teahadists will eat this up, and call him a Hero, especially if the released code leads to a hacker bringing the ACA website down.

It wouldn't be the first time Issa decided the best solution to his problems would be to just burn it all down.

Feeling stupid now, but to what are you referring?


From Wikipedia:


After leaving the military, Issa and his second wife, Kathy Stanton, moved back to the Cleveland area. According to Issa he and his wife pooled their savings, sold their cars: a 1976 Mercedes and a 1967 VW Beetle as well as a BMW motorcycle and borrowed $50,000 from family members to invest in Quantum Enterprises, an electronics manufacturer run by a friend from Cleveland Heights that assembled bug zappers, CB radio parts and other consumer products for other companies. One of those clients, car alarm manufacturer Steal Stopper, would become the path to Issa's fortune. It was struggling badly, and he took control of it by foreclosing a $60,000 loan he had made to it when its founder, Joey Adkins, missed a payment. Adkins remained as an employee.[10]

Issa soon turned Steal Stopper around, to the point that it was supplying Ford with thousands of car alarms and negotiating a similar deal with Toyota. But early in the morning of September 7, 1982, the offices and factory of Quantum and Steal Stopper in the Cleveland suburb of Maple Heights caught fire. The fire took three hours to put out. The buildings and almost all the inventory within were destroyed. An investigation of the cause of the fire noted "suspicious burn patterns" with fires starting in two places aided by an accelerant such as gasoline.[10]

Adkins said Issa appeared to prepare for a fire by increasing the fire insurance policy 462% three weeks previously, and by removing computer equipment holding accounting and customer information. St. Paul Insurance, suspicious of arson and insurance fraud, initially paid only $25,000, according to Issa.
2014-01-11 12:04:39 AM
4 votes:
Holy F*CK. Snidely Whiplash could take lessons from this guy about cartoonish evil.
2014-01-10 10:36:05 PM
4 votes:

Heliovdrake: This sure sounds like a crime.


Crime usually does.
2014-01-11 10:20:01 AM
3 votes:
www.newsbiscuit.com
seriously, this is what the modern republican party is becoming.  hilarious if it werent terrifying.
2014-01-11 09:43:28 AM
3 votes:
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 09:31:55 AM
3 votes:
Sounds like grounds for at least having his classification revoked.
2014-01-11 09:02:30 AM
3 votes:

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 07:37:28 AM
3 votes:

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 06:45:46 AM
3 votes:

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.


Except he's released classified and sensitive info before without repercussion.
2014-01-11 01:51:37 AM
3 votes:
He's an ass, but if anyone, ANYONE in this thread who already posted bothered to read the letter or follow the links in the article, you'd realize no code was released.  While the article was written with the usual hyperbole, it was only referring to a "roadmap" for hackers, but read this letter:

http://big.assets.huffingtonpost.com/sebelius1217.pdf

There aren't details there a "hacker" could use.  It's an assertion that vulnerabilities exist, but it doesn't explain what they are.  It does go into hyperbolic detail about what could happen if those vulnerabilities are exploited.  I can't find any source code links at all in the letter or the article.
2014-01-10 10:49:47 PM
3 votes:
Why don't we just hand out the nuclear launch codes while we're at it.
2014-01-10 10:29:51 PM
3 votes:
The only thing that would surprise me about this is if he didn't selectively edit the code before releasing it. Subpoenaing a shiatload of stuff and then releasing choice (leading) excerpts to far-too-credulous media is his entire modus operandi. Hence the pants-shiatting about "conservative targeting" by the IRS without including the following sentence talking about how they were also targeting liberal groups.
2014-01-11 03:57:28 PM
2 votes:
if any of you open source advocates think that Darrell Issa released the source code to use the power of the open source community to improve the web site, I have a stake in Darrell Issa's fire insurance company to sell you.
2014-01-11 12:37:18 PM
2 votes:

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?


Let's suppose, as a thought exercise, that it takes an equal amount of time to write an exploit versus to patch it.

Joe has read about a vulnerability in Issa's docs, and takes 24 hours to write an exploit, after which he uses it to gain information.
Jan has read about the same vulnerability, and takes 24 hours to write a patch.  Since Jan is just some random person looking at the open source code, Jan goes through 24 months of government bureaucracy to get the fix applied.  Two years after Joe already got what he wanted and left.

Open source doesn't really work as a security mechanism when your "good" developers can't actually make changes.
2014-01-11 11:35:54 AM
2 votes:
fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net
2014-01-11 11:34:33 AM
2 votes:
hipiseverything.files.wordpress.com
2014-01-11 11:31:56 AM
2 votes:
This is why Republicans should be cut out of the process of governance to the very limit that the law allows.  They aren't here to help.  They want to destroy everything.
2014-01-11 10:51:11 AM
2 votes:
 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.
2014-01-11 10:25:28 AM
2 votes:
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 09:43:18 AM
2 votes:

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 08:54:22 AM
2 votes:
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 05:37:29 AM
2 votes:
He does have a pattern of releasing any sensitive information that comes his way.
2014-01-11 05:35:33 AM
2 votes:
What a farking child.
2014-01-11 12:29:30 AM
2 votes:

Dusk-You-n-Me: Grand theft auto (x3), leaving the scene, arson, and insurance fraud.


Oh and a gun charge conviction. EIEIO
2014-01-10 10:43:44 PM
2 votes:
The letter that the article says contains excerpts of code doesn't seem to contain excerpts of code, unless he posted that separately.
2014-01-10 10:32:36 PM
2 votes:

feckingmorons: What is networking code?


They're words that WASPs use in polite company at business and social gatherings when referring to minorities.
2014-01-11 04:14:47 PM
1 votes:

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


Well, I'm not calling him a traitor--I was considering posting 'WHY THE F*CK WOULD YOU DO THAT?!'--but yeah, I'm on that boat. Manning and Snowden released information showing we were doing shiat that was morally questionable. This guy is just randomly throwing shiat out that will have no purpose beyond getting the website crashed. It's not revealing anything, it's not protesting anything, it's just throwing out crap that'll crash part of a bureaucracy.

/Nuance: An important part of every American's worldview.
2014-01-11 04:09:19 PM
1 votes:

cameroncrazy1984: Okay I have a better analogy: It's like saying "Your home isn't secure if the only thing you're relying on is a secret alarm code. If you get broken into because this idiot broadcasts your secret alarm code, clearly it wasn't secure at all"


Except it's more akin to him broadcasting the method by which the system authenticates your secret alarm code (unless they have some really crappy programmers putting alarm codes into the source, and that's a whole other issue).  Don't get me wrong; like above, I don't think the idiot is trying to improve the system.
2014-01-11 03:59:35 PM
1 votes:
Okay I have a better analogy: It's like saying "Your home isn't secure if the only thing you're relying on is a secret alarm code. If you get broken into because this idiot broadcasts your secret alarm code, clearly it wasn't secure at all"
2014-01-11 03:58:22 PM
1 votes:

meyerkev: cameroncrazy1984: This argument is like saying "if you only lock your door, you deserve to be broken into"

It's more like saying "If you don't lock the door, but trust that no one knows where it is, then you deserve to be broken into."

/Security by Obscurity is worse than no security at all.


You say that like that is literally the only security they have.
2014-01-11 03:26:30 PM
1 votes:
imagizer.imageshack.us

OgreMagi: Properly written code does not need secrecy to remain secure.


Captain Midnight disagrees.
2014-01-11 03:19:56 PM
1 votes:
Republicans don't care if their actions harm the government.  In fact, that's exactly what they want to do.
2014-01-11 02:17:17 PM
1 votes:

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


Releasing information with the purpose of destroying a website that is designed to help people is not the same as releasing information about wrongdoing by our government that hurts people.

Be less stupid next time.
2014-01-11 01:56:25 PM
1 votes:

meyerkev: In his defense:

IF YOUR SUPER-SECURE CODE IS ONLY SECURE BECAUSE NO ONE SEES THE CODE, YOU'RE FARKED.

/Now, are there probably bugs?  Yes.  And was this stupid?  Yes.
//And hopefully the techies will go running through this code and laugh at them all.
///I was going to say "fix them and then submit a patch," but FFS, it's government.  The techies hate y'alls and the government wouldn't accept anonymous patches anyways.


This argument is like saying "if you only lock your door, you deserve to be broken into"
2014-01-11 01:26:01 PM
1 votes:
Handing Darrell Issa sensitive documents is like handing a 12 year old boy a stack of Playboy magazines. You know he's going to share them.
2014-01-11 12:31:43 PM
1 votes:
why the fark is this guy not in prison?
2014-01-11 12:17:55 PM
1 votes:

Cataholic: Atillathepun: 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.

Except he's released classified and sensitive info before without repercussion.

Says the people who are telling you he is releasing sensitive information this time.  Fool you twice?


If it wasn't sensitive information he could've gotten it without having to beg for it like a child.
2014-01-11 11:57:02 AM
1 votes:

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


Are the people who can't tell the difference just flaming morons?
2014-01-11 11:40:29 AM
1 votes:

MisterEZ: Gordon Bennett: If you're a Republican, stick the barrel of one of those guns you love so much into your mouth and pull the farking trigger. It'll be the first decent thing you've ever done.

Mmm. That sounds delightful.

Imagine if they were all gone. There'd be world peace within 10 years. 15 tops.

We'd be able to repair our relationships with the countries they've wrecked over the years. All of our children would be safer, healthier and have better educations. We could use military funds to devise better ways to clean the environment, or for space exploration and food distribution. There wouldn't be anything that we couldn't do.

We just need to lead the GOPigs to the slaughter. History would forgive us. It's a win-win-win all around.


Not sure if serious, but if you are, STOP IT.
2014-01-11 11:38:24 AM
1 votes:
quietmike.org
2014-01-11 11:37:08 AM
1 votes:
3.bp.blogspot.com
2014-01-11 11:30:14 AM
1 votes:
I farking hate this man.
2014-01-11 11:10:00 AM
1 votes:
It doesn't matter what they do with the website.  The system itself is functioning just fine, with millions enrolled and we're only a few weeks into 2014.

While they're screwing around with a website, people are getting insurance.  Typical easy-to-confuse GOPers.
2014-01-11 10:21:43 AM
1 votes:
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 10:16:06 AM
1 votes:

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 09:46:03 AM
1 votes:

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 08:54:27 AM
1 votes:

Heliovdrake: This sure sounds like a crime.


The 1% don't commit crimes.
2014-01-11 08:44:24 AM
1 votes:
Any government employee with a security clearance who did this would be canned and prosecuted before they even knew what happened.
2014-01-11 08:28:25 AM
1 votes:
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 07:50:22 AM
1 votes:
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 07:45:54 AM
1 votes:

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 07:02:43 AM
1 votes:

MaudlinMutantMollusk: There is something very wrong with Mr. Issa

/and anyone who defends or supports him


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Issa asshole!
2014-01-11 06:54:52 AM
1 votes:

Atillathepun: 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.

Except he's released classified and sensitive info before without repercussion.


And these people do not operate with any comprehension of possible consequences, because they're, you know, fighting evil or some sh*t.
2014-01-11 06:26:19 AM
1 votes:
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.
2014-01-11 06:01:15 AM
1 votes:
Of course it's farking Darrell Issa
2014-01-11 05:43:14 AM
1 votes:

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.
2014-01-11 02:04:23 AM
1 votes:

Heliovdrake: This sure sounds like a crime.


it just might be
2014-01-11 01:44:49 AM
1 votes:
Issa isn't evil.  He's just weapons grade stupid.
2014-01-11 12:11:59 AM
1 votes:

TuteTibiImperes: MmmmBacon: And the Teahadists will eat this up, and call him a Hero, especially if the released code leads to a hacker bringing the ACA website down.

It wouldn't be the first time Issa decided the best solution to his problems would be to just burn it all down.


Feeling stupid now, but to what are you referring?
 
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