Your government at work, again. This time they've discovered that (gasp!) peer-to-peer networks aren't all that secure. Rep. Henry Wasman, a California Democrat, said that such networks pose a national security threat because federal employees may accidentally share sensitive or classified documents.
Mark Gorton, chairman of the file-sharing program LimeWire, was the designated whipping boy. A congressman from Nashville was happy to flog away.
The most scathing criticism came from Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.), who launched into a lengthy monologue in which he deemed Gorton "one of the most naive chairmen and CEOs I've ever run acros," and accused his company of making the "skeleton keys" that grant access to material harmful to U.S. national security.
"I'd feel more than a shade of guilt at this point, having made the laptop a dangerous weapon against the security of the United States," Cooper said. "Mr. Gorton, you seem to lack imagination about how your product can be deliberately misused by evildoers against this country." (Cooper also, at one point, claimed that Gorton's own home computer was probably leaking sensitive documents.)
Hmmm...does anyone want to point out that the users themselves--you know, the federal employees who are dumb enough to install LimeWire on a computer with sensitive documents--may bear some of the responsibility? Yes, many of our politicians really are this stupid.