Global networking giant Cisco has expressed grave reservations about several aspects of the Federal Government's proposed encryption bill, with the creation of backdoors one of its major concerns.
A former member of the NSA's elite Tailored Access Operations unit has been sentenced to 5½ years in jail, followed by three years of supervised release, for what the US Justice Department has characterised as "willfull retention of classified national defence information".
An NSA worker, who took huge amounts of classified material home and was arrested in December last year over this, forced the organisation to drop a number of "important initiatives at great economic and operational cost", the former director of the spy agency says.
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