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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    KenM, 4 Mar 2008 @ 9:53pm

    Right

    I love how these websites throw classifications around and just blindly assume that any email they see from the government on an unclassified medium is somehow "Top Secret". I'm 100% positive that any details found in these emails regarding Bush, troop movements, or strategies were highly embelished in the hopes that it would bring in the hordes of "enlightened", first semester college freshmen hell bent on trashing the US government, military, and way of life.

    And for all of you boobs out there assuming that all classifications of government emails are sent over the non-secure internet, thanks for proving that people still talk out of their a$$ without knowing anything.

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