[cryptome] Fwd: 78716A

  • From: Ryan Carboni <ryacko@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: Crypto <cryptography@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, cypherpunks@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:22:21 -0800

Common Americans are no longer considered worth protecting as part of
national security.

 Mr. Carboni,
Thank you for providing the information below.  We have conducted an
initial search within the organization that is most likely to hold records.
That organization advised that the request, as worded, is overly broad.
Querying any of our organizations would likely result in the same
response.  The phrase “malware transmitted through USB firmware” is overly
broad, such that any of our internal organizations would not be able to
determine which files to search or be able to conduct a search with a
reasonable amount of effort. Terms such as “malware” or “firmware” may turn
up in any number of NSA records and most likely would not be related to
securing home networks. Furthermore, added search without a clarification
of context and specific records sought, would incur significant fees which
would be passed on to you as an “all other” requester.

  A large facet of the NSA/CSS mission is to protect National Security
(i.e. government, DoD, Industry partners) information systems.  In doing
so, this Agency provides guidance on Information Assurance security
solutions to our Industry and Government customers regarding risk,
vulnerabilities, mitigations, and threats.  While it is not part of our
mission to provide guidance on securing home networks, we may occasionally
post information on our website as you may recall from our letter. Our
Information Assurance Directorate (IAD) has provided some information to
the public that may be of interest to you.  Here are some additional links
that you may peruse:


(this is a recent article the does provides a link regarding malware)
https://www.nsa.gov/ia/index.shtml  The last paragraph provides a video
link under “IAD's Latest Security Guide Helps Customers Protect Home
Networks,” and there is also a fact sheet titled “Best Practices for
Keeping Your Home Network Secure.” Since the information you appear to be
requesting (protecting home networks) does not fall under the purview of
NSA/CSS missions, continued search of our files would not be productive.
Your request will be administratively closed as an improper FOIA.  If,
after reviewing the information on our website, you wish to submit a FOIA
request on similar topic(s), please provide enough detail to allow for an
accurate and focused search.


Cindy B
NSA/CSS FOIA Requester Service Center


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