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 (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 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 were sent instead to 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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    Roy, 4 Mar 2008 @ 3:39am

    Sounds like deja vu

    I got my first domain name back in 1996. It was intentionally obscure. In '99, a company in the Beltway district opened, and noticed I had their company name .com. I got one oblique inquiry about buying it that went nowhere. They settled for instead.

    Over the next 4 years, I'd get emails intended for them from people (some of them in the company in question) who forgot to type the '-inc' part. I would politely return each one with a note saying "Perhaps you meant to type..." and include all the attachments I had mistakenly received. Attachments like meeting minutes, schedules and draft proposals. Eventually they contacted me and we did negotiate the sale of the name. First (and last, so far) domain name I ever sold.

    Oh, the company was a computer security firm.

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