Troubles Plague Cyberspy Defense

Troubles Plague Cyberspy Defense
Troubles Plague Cyberspy Defense 

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 
has happened.

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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