And Just Why Are Military Officials Sending Top Secret Info Over Email?

from the just-wondering dept

The Register has a story about how the guy who ran the website mildenhall.com (which promoted the village of Mildenhall in the UK) has completely shut down the website following pressure received from US officials after they discovered that emails intended for Air Force personnel at the Mildenhall Air Force base (who uses the domain mildenhall.af.mil) were being misdirected to the owner of the .com site. We've seen similar stories of misdirected emails in the past, so perhaps this isn't a huge surprise. In fact, a similar issue may have opened up the Justice Department to one of its big scandals last year, when emails intended for addresses at whitehouse.gov were sent instead to whitehouse.org. However, the question remains why anyone is sending top secret info, such as the whereabouts of President Bush as well as battlefield strategies and passwords, over unsecured email accounts in the first place? Isn't the military supposed to keep those things off the main grid?

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    Hellsvilla, 4 Mar 2008 @ 4:23am

    The NIPRNET is useless

    Just like every other walled garden, the SIPRNET is useless, and so most users simply use the NIPRNET. Yes, they should still be encrypting classified data, but since noone has invented a truly functional certificate pair encryption system, its rather awkward and still quite difficult to use, especially with someone you've never corresponded with before.

    As for the military's OTHER messaging system... well... it's freakin horrid to use, and noone would want to use that unless it an official message.

    So the military has two options. Use COTS email as best as they can (and punish users when they mess up), or stick with decades old technology. Which would you decide?

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