NSA’s top cybersecurity official says the “unacceptable” leaking of details about the agency’s hacking prowess is unacceptable, according to The Washington Post.
“This is unacceptable,” John Gilmore, the director of cyber intelligence for the National Security Agency (NSA), told the Post.
“If I’m not mistaken, this leak was probably done by someone who had access to some of the internal data.
We don’t want to be complicit in the sharing of information.”
The Post reported last week that the NSA is working on a report about its cyber capabilities that would outline its hacking capabilities.
The agency has previously refused to provide any such report.
The Post cited people familiar with the development as saying that the agency was also looking at the possibility of using encryption to protect data from the NSA’s digital spies.
Ars Technica previously reported that Gilmore’s comments were taken out of context, and that the leak was in fact the result of a hacker taking advantage of a loophole in the NSA-commissioned report.
It’s unclear what information the leaked NSA report might contain.
The NSA did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
Ars previously reported on the leaked report.
In the leaked document, which Ars called “a top-secret document,” the NSA describes its capabilities and the “intelligence capabilities” of the agency.
According to the Post, the document’s author told the agency he was a senior official in the cyber-intelligence division of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The document’s “top-secret” designation, however, is not necessarily an indication of its authenticity.
According the NSA, the report “is not part of the government’s National Intelligence Estimate.”
Instead, the NSA has a declassified version that contains “classified intelligence, unclassified intelligence information, and unclassified information that is in the public domain.”