How to succeed in espionage without really trying (2)

In the wake of the (barely believable) news that thousands of classified emails from the Pentagon have mistakenly been sent to Russian ally Mali (see below – the UK’s Ministry of Defence has admitted that it has committed the same error. The problem is caused by typing .ML (Mali) in the address line rather than .MIL (US military).

The Ministry of Defence tried to play down the news by saying that it only concerned a very few emails and that none of them contained secret intelligence which is transmitted on a different system. But the FSB (Russian security service) must be rubbing its hands with glee that so much low level intel is being passed on by one of its African allies. This just ilustrates how vulnerable any secret is that is stored on an electronic system. Sometimes, it takes just one mistake.

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