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NSA Cookies

As has been widely reported, the US National Security Agency was caught out violating a federal government policy on persistent cookies.

I think this actually revealed the warm and fuzzy side of the NSA, though. All the reports say that the cookies were set to expire in 2035. The maximum expiration date most servers and browsers can handle, though, isn’t until 2038 (due to the size of a 32 bit integer.) If the NSA was really sinister, they’d want those cookies to expire as late as possible. Instead, they were giving us humble citizens a break by forgoing three whole years of data retention. Thanks, NSA!

Tagged with security , infrastructure