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Not all documents returned through ATIP are interesting

A while ago, at VHS we were sitting around and we wrote up some weird ATIP requests to send to the Department of National Defence about CSEC, which is the Canadian NSA and is also supposed to be in charge of IT for client organizations such as the RCMP, CSIS and CBSA. While we were noticing that the RCMP were still using IE 6, we were all wondering what the fuck is going on. So, I requested documents asking straight up why the Canadian Government was still on IE 6.

I just now got the response, which is a series of documents talking about Red Desktop Updates to Windows 7. A lot of important details are redacted, such as how much RAM is on these computers, what processor they are running. However, I can tell you that they are in fact using Windows 7, and they did install Office 2010 on the computers at CSEC. Also, they have WinZip installed as well.

Overall, the document is so redacted it’s virtually worthless, but even if it wasn’t redacted, this is simply a boring ass corporate rollout plan for installing Windows 7 on a large series of Computers. This is secret for no real reason at all, and is one of the most tedious documents that I skimmed through. In fact, it’s so boring that I’m not even going to bother scanning this one. I’ll probably save it until I get a new scanner that automatically scans a stack of pages like a fancy photocopier.

In short, that was a waste of $5 and some Analyst’s time. The next time I send an ATIP, I’m going to make sure that I’m not getting suggestions from random people at the hackspace.