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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    Enrico Suarve, 4 Mar 2008 @ 1:22am

    Re: Let's try reading before commenting ...

    I submit that if you are the kind of fuckwit that sends classified information unencrypted via plain text email without even checking the address first, that you are probably the same kind of fuckwit that clicks on every "yes please install malware on my machine now" button going.
    Therefore I can actually see a very likely correlation indeed between numbers of moronic service men sending you mail and the corresponding amount of spam

    But like you I read the article and the bit that got me was

    "Sinnott says he brought the SNAFU to the attention of Air Force officials but was never able to get the problem fixed. At first, they didn't seem to take the matter seriously, but eventually, they "went mental," he said. Officials advised Sinnott to block unrecognizable addresses from his domain and set up an auto-reply reminding people of the address for the official air force base"

    Translated: "The solution to our national security problem is for you (a foreign citizen) to do stuff for free and fix the problem for us"

    Genius

    So basically all the corporatly or privatly owned domain names such as whitesands.com should do the same thing?

    That makes so much more sense than USAF applying proper security precautions and policies in their own system

    I don't know about anybody else but I'm going looking for any unused domain names that sound like US Forces bases - anyone interested in US Military secrets should contact me in a few weeks at Area41.com

    Just hope I get the domain names before Achmed does it himself

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