Congress: P2P networks harm national security



Congress: P2P networks harm national security
By Anne Broache
Story last modified Tue Jul 24 16:22:23 PDT 2007

WASHINGTON–Politicians charged on Tuesday that peer-to-peer networks can pose a “national security threat” because they enable federal employees to share sensitive or classified documents accidentally from their computers.

At a hearing on the topic, Government Reform Committee Chairman Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) said, without offering details, that he is considering new laws aimed at addressing the problem. He said he was troubled by the possibility that foreign governments, terrorists or organized crime could gain access to documents that reveal national secrets.

Also at the hearing, Mark Gorton, the chairman of Lime Wire, which makes the peer-to-peer software LimeWire, was assailed for allegedly harming national security through offering his product.

The documents at risk of exposure supposedly include classified government military orders, confidential corporate-accounting documents, localized terrorist threat assessments, as well as personal information such as federal workers’ credit card numbers, bank statements, tax returns and medical records, according to recent studies by the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and private researchers.

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I have to agree, downloading too much crappy music definitely rots the brains of government workers, thereby eroding national security. Down with P2P – we will have no more distractions from our progress making, which by the way, includes zero data security measures of any kind. Mission accomplished!

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