By SIOBHAN GORMAN
The Wall Street Journal
July 6, 2009
WASHINGTON -- The flagship system designed to protect the U.S.
government's computer networks from cyberspies is being stymied by
technical limitations and privacy concerns, according to current and
former national-security officials.
The latest complete version of the system, known as Einstein, won't be
fully installed for 18 months, according to current and former
officials, seven years after it was first rolled out. This system
doesn't protect networks from attack. It only raises the alarm after one
A more capable version has sparked privacy alarms, which could delay its
rollout. Since the National Security Agency acknowledged eavesdropping
on phone and Internet traffic without warrants in 2005, security
programs have been dogged by privacy concerns. In the case of Einstein,
AT&T Corp., which would test the system, has sought written approval
from the Justice Department before it would agree to participate, people
familiar with the matter say.
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