Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The NSA Makes 600,000+ Database Queries Per Day


Holy crap indeed...


Blogger The Mystic said...

Well, that's not really a very surprising number, to be honest.

Lots and lots of things constitute database queries, and given that the NSA is interested in demonstrating its low incident rate, I'm sure they lump every single query into that report.

For the sake of example, even things as mundane and harmless as data integrity checks or backup operations might require database queries.

What would be more interesting is a better-defined value like the number of queries run against NSA databases intended to serve directly in the process of analyzing communications or contact between individuals or groups. Take THAT value and compare it with the amount of times they've overstepped their bounds and we've ruled out all those standard processes which require database queries and have little, if any, human interaction or intent beyond the safeguarding and/or keeping of that data's integrity.

Know what I'm sayin'?

11:22 AM  

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