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Sure. But just because it wasn't illegal doesn't mean it wasn't stupid.



Agree this was not appropriate for the specific post it was in reply to.

But notice how much of the discussion here does involve terms like "classified" or "cleared for public release".


Classification / clearing has two parts: the technical classification status, and the social process of what gets classified/declassified, how, and why.

If I delete a production VM at my job, zero part of the postmortem will involve figuring out why I had access to do so. I have root on all our hypervisors, of course I have access to do so. That doesn't answer the question of why I did so, whether I knew it was a production VM, whether our standard tools should have safety checks (even if I can muck around with ssh and virsh), etc.




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