Edward Snowden used automated “web crawler” software to scrape classified information from the National Security Agency’s systems, the New York Times reported, citing a senior intelligence official.
Snowden was able to access and download the data using unsophisticated software because he was working at an agency location that didn’t have up to date or advanced security safeguards.
Snowden took advantage of the NSA’s “rudimentary protections against insiders” looking to steal information, the Times said.
Snowden used “inexpensive” and “widely available” software to gain access to at least 1.7 million secret files, The New York Times reported, quoting senior intelligence officials.
The collection process was “quite automated,” a senior intelligence official revealed. Snowden used “web crawler” software to “search, index and back up” files. The program just kept running, as Snowden went about his daily routine.
“We do not believe this was an individual sitting at a machine and downloading this much material in sequence,” the official said.