Snow­den’s se­cu­rity breach to cost bil­lions


Atop US mil­i­tary of­fi­cial has stated that the cost of chang­ing tac­tics and cop­ing with the se­cu­rity breach, post Ed­ward Snow­den, could cost the US in bil­lions of dol­lars. Ed­ward Snow­den who ex­posed govern­ment sur­veil­lance will have roughly 1.7 mil­lion documents af­fected and that in­cludes top-se­cret mil­i­tary ca­pa­bil­i­ties, op­er­a­tions and tac­tics.

The cost of chang­ing those tac­tics and cop­ing with the se­cu­rity breach could to­tal bil­lions of dol­lars, Chair­man of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey told the House Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee re­cently. The US De­fense Depart­ment of­fi­cials, along with of­fi­cials from other agencies, are still in­ves­ti­gat­ing the documents Snow­den took and de­ter­min­ing how to blunt the risks they pose to US se­cu­rity, Dempsey said.

“The mit­i­ga­tion task force will need to func­tion for about two years—that’s the mag­ni­tude of this chal­lenge,” Dempsey said. “I sus­pect it could cost bil­lions of dol­lars to over­come the loss of se­cu­rity that has been im­posed on us.”

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