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Programmer Admits Stealing US Gov't Accounting Software Source Code 125

Posted by timothy
from the public-costs-should-create-public-goods dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from NetSecurity.org: "A Chinese computer programmer that was charged with stealing the source code of software developed by the U.S. Treasury Department pleaded guilty to the charge on Tuesday. The 33-year-old Bo Zhang, legally employed by a U.S. consulting firm contracted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, admitted that he took advantage of the access he had to the Government-wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA) in order to copy the code onto an external hard disk and take it home." Just such things make me think that the default setting for software created with public money should be released with source code anyhow, barring context-specific reasons that it shouldn't be.
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Programmer Admits Stealing US Gov't Accounting Software Source Code

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  • by richg74 (650636) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @11:16AM (#40166999) Homepage
    Given the way our government seems to run its accounts, perhaps we should hope that all potential competitors / adversaries steal it.
  • by GoodNewsJimDotCom (2244874) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @11:21AM (#40167071)
    You stole my idea that stealing ideas is not stealing.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 31, 2012 @11:26AM (#40167159)

    The 33-year-old Bo Zhang, legally employed by a U.S. consulting firm contracted by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, admitted that he took advantage of the access he had to the Government-wide Accounting and Reporting Program (GWA) in order to copy the code onto an external hard disk and take it home.

    Sweet.

    Mother.

    Of.

    GOD.

    NOT THE ACCOUNTING AND REPORTING SOFTWARE!!! Oh God no. Oh God no. Oh God no. Now the terrorists have access to the TPS REPORTS!!! They'll know how a PT-44 revision 8b (as amended by the New Management Initiative Subcommittee 79a-b, 1967) audit works! And — may God have mercy on our souls — they might figure out how to copy the entire submanagement structure of the Greater Boise Area (Excluding Outlying Suburbs and Farms) Processing and Distribution Department!

    That's it. We're doomed. They have our bureaucracy. THEY HAVE OUR BUREAUCRACY, PEOPLE!!! THESE ARE THE END TIMES!!!

  • However ... (Score:4, Funny)

    by LMacG (118321) on Thursday May 31, 2012 @11:44AM (#40167521) Journal

    ... it was written in Ada, so nobody knows what to do with it anyway.

To err is human -- to blame it on a computer is even more so.

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