Thursday, April 6, 2017

In the early 80s, CIA showed little interest in “supercomputer” craze

In 1983, cybermania would grip the nation: The movie WarGames is released over the summer, becoming a blockbuster hit for the time and intriguing President Ronald Reagan enough to summon his closest advisors to help study emerging cyberthreats and ultimately pass the first directive on cybersecurity. But according to declassified documents, made fully public thanks to MuckRock’s lawsuit, one intelligence agency made a hard pass on the computer craze.

Other agencies entreated William J. Casey’s Central Intelligence Agency to get involved. The National Security Agency was convening some of the nation’s best and brightest to develop a strategy for staying on top of the processing arms race .

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