[cryptome] Re: Fwd: 78716A

  • From: doug <douglasrankine2001@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: cryptome@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 22:41:50 +0000

Hi Ryan,
That proposition may...or may not be true... :-) . However, be as it may, they are saying that your request is "overly broad" and therefore has too wide an ambit to be answered without a lot of effort. They therefore require your help in narrowing it down so that they can answer it. They are trying to be helpful by providing a couple of hyperlinks. Take a look at them and if they are not helpful or provide some guidance, them may I suggest that you re-frame the question and re-submit it. Sorry, but I am not familiar with the question, what is it that you wish them to provide an answer to?

On 18/12/14 22:22, Ryan Carboni wrote:

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:


https://www.nsa.gov/public_info/press_room/2014/nsa_seal_scam_alert.shtml (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

(301)688-6527 <tel:%28301%29688-6527>

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