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Rockntractor
11-18-2012, 01:14 AM
Posted By Uri Friedman Friday, November 16, 2012 - 1:10 PM Share

Living in fear of "replying all" to your company-wide emails? Hey, it could be worse. ABC News reports:

In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference. He publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list.

The names were disclosed in an email by Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, on Saturday. The email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid's email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.
Read More>http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/16/taliban_accidentally_ccs_everybody_on_its_mailing_ list

Somebody will get the axe for this!

Odysseus
11-20-2012, 10:54 AM
Posted By Uri Friedman Friday, November 16, 2012 - 1:10 PM Share

Living in fear of "replying all" to your company-wide emails? Hey, it could be worse. ABC News reports:

In a Dilbert-esque faux pax, a Taliban spokesperson sent out a routine email last week with one notable difference. He publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list.

The names were disclosed in an email by Qari Yousuf Ahmedi, an official Taliban spokesperson, on Saturday. The email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson. Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid's email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.
Read More>http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2012/11/16/taliban_accidentally_ccs_everybody_on_its_mailing_ list

Somebody will get the axe for this!

Talk about an intel bonanza! That list will allow our intel agencies to identify the recipients via IP addresses and locate them. The only thing that would make this worse for the Taliban would be if he included his bank information for the Nigerian scammer that he was replying to. :evil-grin:

ReinMan
11-20-2012, 11:24 AM
Heh. Deep inside NSA HQ...

1. Highlight cc list.
2. Ctrl-C
3. Open HighPriorityTargetList.docx.
4. Ctrl-V.
5. Send as attachment to cia.gov.

Done.

:thumbsup:

Starbuck
11-20-2012, 11:36 AM
I'm not much of a geek.
But, with a high budget and the help of software engineers wouldn't it be possible to backtrack and get into the originator's computer? Seems like if we know who the PR person is we could hack in a look around.

After all, I reason, we accuse the Chinese of roaming around our secure websites. What prevents us from doing the same?

Come to think of it, we may have already done that. Maybe we have told the computer to make a CC whenever the operator selects BCC....................BHAHAHAHA:adoration: