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Since Information Technology (IT) is really communication-of-information technology, IT is mostly computer networking. "Computer" includes supercomputers, desktops, laptops, tablets, phones, TV, etc. There has been a "convergence" and all of these devices now communicate -- their most important function -- over the Internet.

For years the NSA was primarily a human spy agency. The NSA did do research in encryption, for which they became well-known, but did so primarily so they (and the CIA) could communicate securely with their human spies and break the communications of enemy human spies, particularly those from the Soviet Union.

The Soviet Union had dissolved about ten years before 9/11 (early 1990's) and terrorists had become the big threat. It quickly became apparent that the way to stop terrorists was to monitor them on the Internet, which had also become widely used about ten years before 9/11 (early 1990's).

The NSA's IT equipment was actually surprisingly bad before 9/11. More importantly (and the cause of the bad IT equipment), their people were IT incompetent, particularly their leaders.

When 9/11 occurred the IT incompetent NSA was thus caught completely unaware, resulting in 3000 dead and billions in damage.

See 9/11 Was Due to IT Incompetence.

After 9/11, the NSA turned their mega national security failure into a mega funding success. They got more money from Congress for IT than they knew what to do with. Literally, they did not know what to do with the money; they were IT incompetent.

Since the NSA themselves were IT incompetent and knew it, they hired companies who said they were IT competent. And a flood of money from the U.S. Government, with essentially no oversight (particularly for secret agencies), brings a flood of frauds/fakes; IT incompetent companies like Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz) as a prime example.

See Principles of IT Incompetence (IT Hiring: Cascade Failure).

Since Booz itself was IT incompetent and knew it, they hired people who said they were IT competent. And an incompetent company offering high-paying jobs attracts a lot of frauds/fakes, like high school dropout Edward Snowden.

Incompetents are more likely to be disloyal since they constantly fear for their jobs anyway; see Principles of IT Incompetence (IT Hiring: IT Incompetence Breeds Disloyalty and Corruption). Snowden intentionally went to work for Booz so that he could work for the NSA and steal more secret documents (data) than he had already stolen from the CIA while working for Dell.

In 2013 Snowden hacked the NSA then fled to Russia to avoid capture and execution for espionage. While not often phrased that way by an IT incompetent media and more often called espionage, Snowden indeed hacked the NSA and the incident was a data breach (hacking). Physically stealing data (documents), classic espionage, is a big part of hacking too (for example, hacking conferences often include physical lock picking competitions). What Snowden did has been called the worst espionage incident in U.S. history, so it was thus also the worst data breach.

Snowden is a media darling so the IT incompetent media often does not even call what he did espionage. They call it whistle-blowing. This is particularly true since Snowden is the career-saving creation of IT incompetent expatriate writer Glenn Greenwald, who also backed traitorous spy Chelsea Manning. But Snowden as whistle-blower is more media stupidity because as stated Snowden intentionally went to work for Booz so that he could work for the NSA and steal more secret documents/data than he had already stolen from the CIA while working for Dell. Legally, this intention makes Snowden a spy not a whistle-blower.