Facebook’s Former Security Chief Now Works for the NSA

The Atlantic Wire

About a year after Facebook reportedly joined PRISM, Max Kelly, the social network’s chief security officer left for a job at the National Security Agency, either a curious career move or one that makes complete sense. The Chief Security Officer at a tech company is primarily concerned with keeping its information inside the company. Now working for an agency that tries to gather as much information as it can, Kelly’s new job is sort of a complete reversal.

Facebook, among other tech companies, has distanced itself from the government, claiming it only cooperates when it is legally required to. But, “current and former industry officials say the companies sometimes secretly put together teams of in-house experts to find ways to cooperate more completely with the NSA and to make their customers’ information more accessible to the agency,” report the New York Times‘s James Risen and Nick Wingfield.

Before Kelly — who once worked at the FBI — took the job at the NSA, he indicated a coziness with the government. Three weeks after leaving the network in 2010, he made a speech at the Defcon hacking conference that argued greater cooperation between places like Facebook and military defense. “Commercial entities and the military are dealing with the same problem,”  he said. “They should both understand their roles in the larger picture. There isn’t enough information shared.” There he was more specifically addressing cyber-attacks from places like China, which as he predicted has turned into a national security issue. But, his speech also indicates that he thinks these two, at times opposed, industries should work together.

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3 thoughts on “Facebook’s Former Security Chief Now Works for the NSA

  1. There should be no question when you combine this fact with the recent discovery of the Facebook shadow profiles it has been amassing on it’s users.

  2. Well now, this is making much more sense!
    After he got into office the first time, I was “banned” from Face Book. I had uploaded stories from Fox, birth articles, etc. You remember all of those articles, I am sure.
    So? I didn’t go back for couple of years. It was Western Journalism (I think) that you had to have Face Book to blog. So, I created another one with one of my Yahoo Addresses as home base. This is what scared me.

    I received an invitation “FROM ME TO ME” in my Gmail inbox.
    It freaked me out! I deleted that Face Book page also.

    Isn’t it interesting that Terrorists have Face Book but I was banned because I didn’t like him the first few months he was in office the first time?!

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