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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    Tim Lundberg, 4 Mar 2008 @ 4:58pm

    In defense of my fellow Airmen

    Anyone who wants to come in and fix the largest, most complicated system in the world is welcome to it.

    Remember though there are 4 different services, 6 geographic commands, over 1 million dedicated users, and the system is constantly under attack by nations I shouldn't need to name. A little different then the small business with 50 employees, or the fortune 500 with several thousand employees.

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