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All software has vulnerabilities, particularly retail software, and most security issues are user-initiated. However, nobody forced the USG to run with Microsoft.

The NSA developed a security enhanced version of Linux called SELinux in 2000.

Given that the USG has an unlimited budget for national security, it could have required all federal, state and infrastructure services to switch to this, and funded the transition.

I doubt they are even bothering with the basics: secure systems should have no contact with the public internet. E2EE should be standard. Distributing data removes honeypots. Data diodes help to stop exfiltrations. In the most secure environments, use paper.

If the USG want someone to blame, they should start by looking in the mirror.

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Look at his smirk, says it all...he would never dare to do the same to China, AND let US state hackers exploit Chinese system.

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The NSA developed a security enhanced version of Linux called SELinux in 2000.

It is open source. Red Hat among others push it as a security architecture and some pretty big enterprises use it. But, it is very hard to use, many tools you need are not installed by default, their names often bear no relation to what they do and the basic principle is to break your system then clean up the mess. Trying to "do it right the first time" is hard for even the best system admins. As a result most users end up hating it and turning it off.

Now if you think about a big government agency like DoD where you have tens of thousands of people doing things on line all day with deadlines that can include Congressional testimony, budget submission deadlines or major milestones for new defense procurement programs, breaking and fixing your IT system is just not going to work. The existing security architecture is already so restrictive that people in government cannot use many tools used in the commercial world like macros. No macros. Many kinds of video software is not allowed.

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I'd be more concerned about Israeli hacking.

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Let's not forget all US software has a backdoor for the NSA. and anyone else who can find it.

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