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  •  I Understand Every Word You Quoted (6+ / 0-)

    but getting to the limit of my technical knowledge.

    Talked with my brother about this for a long time a few weeks ago. They shit canned this guy, junior but amazing at this job. My brother who is a senior level person couldn't figure out why. But he walked in the office one day and everything was locked down.

    He then told me something that made me pause. All their network protocols and log-in information had been changed overnight.

    I started to ask some open-ended questions.

    I was a little stunned to find they could just drop in and view any and all network activity on their clients networks. Just like, or very close to what Snowden said.

    I was like WTF. He was like agreed. But they are too lazy or cheap to hire folks to do the work for them. They pay and trust us.

    Again I was like WTF. He does work for some fairly well know, billion dollar companies, and I could believe this. But I bet a very common practice.

    •  It's standard operating procedure in Corp USA (3+ / 0-)
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      for both the  Help desk and "Operations Center" to have access to the applications running on the computers in the computer rooms in the Data Centers. Operations centers are the mission control of the computer room.

      It is common practice for operator or the more senior Operator-Technician(Op-tech)  to be required to use/exercise the application functions on a periodic basis. This is generally referred to as a "health check". Help desks are granted access in order to "walk" the user through a function of a application.

      I want 1 less Tiny Coffin, Why Don't You? Support The President's Gun Violence Plan.

      by JML9999 on Sat Jun 15, 2013 at 01:11:28 PM PDT

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      •  Internally. I Totally Understand (2+ / 0-)
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        makes sense. But I was surprised externally. I mentioned I did a ton of work for Unisys, for over a decade and maybe my favorite client of all time. Really "cool" folks to work with.

        I got my friend a job through them. He doesn't work there anymore so I will mention some details, but he ran the help desks at the ATF, onsite, as a Unisys contractor. Another example of a contractor, like Snowden, coming into work for an agency where you think they'd hire their own.

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