The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time. The US Computer Emergency Readiness Team, which is responsible for securing the government's systems, got a roasting yesterday in a report (pdf) published by the Department of Homeland Security's …
"The US government is bad at protecting its networks and has neither the authority or manpower to respond to threats in real time."
So is this a tacit admission that McKinnon did little more than walk through an open door, causing no damage as such and only major embarrassment to a bunch to idiots? One would have thought that after the KGB-funded crackers were found breaking into systems a couple of decades ago that they would have wised up. Seems not. ("Cukoo's Egg" - Clifford Stoll).
If you've ever visited their website, you'd know that (at least) the public facing site is crap. The information is only fit for a bullet-point on a powerpoint presentation, and at least one of their 'I.T. standards' is more than 10 years old.