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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    moe, 5 Mar 2008 @ 4:18am

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    @knowitall -- you're assuming they're using the secure network. From the details in the article, this isn't the case for a number of reasons. Whatever classification the content was -- it varied from personal emails to info that probably needed a classification -- the receipient provided details, indicating that it wasn't encrypted.

    @KenM -- Read the articles. The details provided make it clear that some info was sent over the non-secure network, and that it wasn't encrypted. Who's the boob, now?

    The fact of the matter is that this happens. Whether it's to avoid the hassles resulting from the security, or it's people that aren't tech-savvy (older people, or just people that only use computers at work/for email & internet), it's happening. Sticking your head in the sand (knowitall & KenM) doesn't make it go away.

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