A-Space: Social Network for Spies

It seems like everyone wants to get into the social networking game these days, even spies. The Director of National Intelligence and the United States government are now encouraging these covert operatives to do start collaborating and sharing information using a new secure social network called "A-Space" (A stands for Analyst). The site is modeled after MySpace and Facebook and will open in December for U.S. spies and covert operatives across 16 some intelligence agencies to share information with each other. The effort is spearheaded by the US Office of the Director of National Intelligence, or DNI, a post created in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, to coordinate foreign and domestic security and promote collaboration among those 16 intelligence groups. To respect the concerns of operatives undercover and other security-leery analysts, A-Space will be voluntary.

Mike Wertheimer, the senior DNI official for analytic transformation and technology, said A-Space is one of the fruits of labor of a security agency that is trying to change the way information is shared after the failure to foresee and prevent the 9/11 attacks. A-Space will be used to help intelligence specialists gather and share more information across the siloed and firewalled fortresses that comprise the security industry's IT infrastructure.

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1- Create an over publicized secure and secret web page.
2- Wait.
3- Just grab IP of theft, hacker and security theft.

It's the perfect trap for wannabe.

Why don't they just use satellite phones, or secure data transmission, before they set up another Myspace?

"A Social Network where every user is called "Anonymous" and has no identity, sharing information with people they do not know who they befriend, with the only assurance being that they too must work for the secret service."

Thats a ****ing brilliant idea. Haha. I'm gunna become a secret agent, just so I can add some super sexy secret agent gals to my freinds list. Its there gunna be a guy like Tom on Myspace?

since we are talking about hacking, is there any system that hasn't been hacked? I mean, compagny's advertise "hack my system and get paid $$" are there any programs still running? anybody know?

I bet the profiles are interesting...

Name: Unknown
Age: Unknown
Gender: Unknown
Sexual Preference: Unknown

Bumbling bureaucratic nitwits. What does it matter if they "share information" when the borders remain so wide open that you could smuggle an entire army across?

[i]George Bush and Dick Cheney think they have supreme power. Their journey at our expense has been a sick joke. They have used a great deal more than a huge amt of money to continue a war based on fantasy. Yet supreme power is nowhere near any of their efforts.
And in the case of A-Space, the only way a hacker will get into the most guarded systems is to break into one of the intelligence agency building. You will likely get shot before you ever see the door. Bummer ending and not good for the country.

Don't waste your time hacking-destroying. Do something useful.

Well doesn't the FBI have a backbone beyond the reach of the internet for it's stuff, so this program could have something similiar... Thus, this system is realtively untouchable by people not given access

The FBI is a backwards agency where IT is concerned. Prior to 9-11, it was OK for 90 days to pass before an email was read and returned traffic sent. Since then, they have improved somewhat, but it is simply not an organization that can respond fast to anything. It's a sad fact but their National Security Division is at the bottom of the Intelligence barrel.

Not every agency has their own fleet of satillites, too. What do you think they add to an IT "backbone"? I would start by looking for a server/server farm, main frames and PCs.

that's just......wow. this is a horrible idea. it can go wrong in soo many ways :sleeping:

"siloed and firewalled fortresses that comprise the security industry's IT infrastructure"

do they think they are un-hackable or something?

[/i]Hate to disappoint all of wanna-be super hackers, but there are a few things the US government has locked up so tight, I suggest you give this a past. Beyond that, this isn't a game. This app is one of a few that connects analysts that might be half a world away. The more info the Intelligence Community can share within, the better a job all of its employees will do.

And, there really is hardwired-firewalled to death lines with dedicated systems that make this work possible. It is not just a fortress, the fortress is in an underground bunker. You can't hack, but even to try is potentially helping our enemies. While George Bush is unfortunatly on that list, he's not too bright and will be out of office soon. I hope America will look better in the eyes of the world once he departs, but staying strong is the only way our nation will stay safe. Hack elsewhere.

haveblue128 said,
[/i]Hate to disappoint all of wanna-be super hackers, but there are a few things the US government has locked up so tight, I suggest you give this a past. Beyond that, this isn't a game. This app is one of a few that connects analysts that might be half a world away. The more info the Intelligence Community can share within, the better a job all of its employees will do.

And, there really is hardwired-firewalled to death lines with dedicated systems that make this work possible. It is not just a fortress, the fortress is in an underground bunker. You can't hack, but even to try is potentially helping our enemies. While George Bush is unfortunatly on that list, he's not too bright and will be out of office soon. I hope America will look better in the eyes of the world once he departs, but staying strong is the only way our nation will stay safe. Hack elsewhere.

and if people within do not crack it, then how do you find the security holes? I'm pretty sure that by the time Bin Laden calls CNN about a crack, it will be too late.

haveblue128 said,
[/i]Hate to disappoint all of wanna-be super hackers, but there are a few things the US government has locked up so tight, I suggest you give this a past. Beyond that, this isn't a game. This app is one of a few that connects analysts that might be half a world away. The more info the Intelligence Community can share within, the better a job all of its employees will do.

And, there really is hardwired-firewalled to death lines with dedicated systems that make this work possible. It is not just a fortress, the fortress is in an underground bunker. You can't hack, but even to try is potentially helping our enemies. While George Bush is unfortunatly on that list, he's not too bright and will be out of office soon. I hope America will look better in the eyes of the world once he departs, but staying strong is the only way our nation will stay safe. Hack elsewhere.

Since Bioshock is all the rage these days, I think this quote is quite appropriate:

Sure the boys in Ryan's lab can make it hack proof, but that don't mean we ain't gonna hack it