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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    knowitall, 4 Mar 2008 @ 10:04am

    the information is still encrypted

    the issue is not that secret information is being leaked it is that the information is not making it to the people that need it. the information sent out in the email is encrypted, all Secret DOD and HLS traffic is sent via x.400 without the proper forteza cards and access card on the receiving end you can not access the information within the email.

    Oh and you can't "keep it off the grid" the government does not run a global telcom company it simple encrypts its information.

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