“Politicians call peer-to-peer networks a ‘national security threat’ because they enable federal employees to accidentally share sensitive or classified documents. The chairman of the House Government Reform Committee said he is considering new laws aimed at addressing the problem.”
Once I heard of this guy who accidentally slipped in the shower and accidentally got a whole bottle of shampoo accidentally stuck in his ass. I hope they do something about that, too. Snip:
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.
“because they enable federal employees to share sensitive or classified documents accidentally from their computers.” Shouldn’t they maybe educate government employees to use p2p properly so that accidents don’t happen instead?