Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH, Booz) IT tech, contracted to the
IT incompetent National Security Agency (NSA), in 2013 when
he hacked the NSA then fled to Russia to avoid capture and
execution for espionage. Previously a Dell IT tech,
contracted to the IT incompetent Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA), in 2012 when he hacked the CIA undiscovered.
Currently, an oft-quoted media darling.
No IT education. High school dropout.
While what Snowden did has been called the worst espionage
incident in U.S. history, it was thus also the worst data
breach (hacking). Physically stealing data, classic
espionage, is a big part of hacking too so Snowden indeed
hacked the NSA and the CIA.
Most people think of Snowden as an NSA, thus government,
employee and don't know that he was actually a Booz, thus
private business, employee (contractor). This
government-business intermingling is a classic case of overlap
in the ITIHOS. As a contractor Snowden was not eligible for
whistleblower protections, even if he had not clearly been a
spy instead because he intentionally left the CIA/Dell, where
he stole most of his top-secret documents, for the NSA/Booz
just to steal harder-to-get top-secret documents.
Booz has been called the world's largest commercial spy
agency, paradoxically doing so for other countries besides the
U.S. Many of Booz's IT employees and former employees are IT
incompetent; see Booz Hacks Fed IT, Makes It Incompetent,
Insecure, Bankrupt, which discusses former Booz employees SEC
data breach CISO Andrew Krug, SEC data breach CTO Chuck
Riddle, and DHS Assistant Secretary for Cybersecurity Jeanette
Manfra. In particular, see Booz's CIO, Susan Penfield.
Others of Booz's IT incompetent employees besides Snowden have
been involved in espionage against the U.S., which is not
surprising because the incompetent are more likely to be
disloyal (see Principles).