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, 4 Mar 2008 @ 12:46am

    Let's try reading before commenting ...

    First of all, no one from the U.S. forced the website offline. The site's operator was "forced" to shut it down due to a few factors, including an overwhelming amount of spam; he's assuming someone sold his address to spammers, but in all reality the bots probably found it on their own. Bottom line -- this was a decision he made of his own volition.

    Now, to the meat of the article. Mike is right, this info is supposed to kept off the main grid. Just like everything else, once you add humans to the equation then anything can happen. What I'd like to see is the USAF request any addresses that sent classified info from the site's owner. Then, immediately suspend those accounts, provide refresher training, and review whether or not the individuals still need access to the off-grid systems.

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