[LINK] Private emails exposing agencies
tomk at unwired.com.au
Thu Mar 24 14:40:34 AEDT 2011
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> Rats. Stupid button in the app I used encoded it as html and
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Fascinating, the article says...
"It is possible that an attacker could target a person known to be
working for a government agency, sending a socially engineered email to
their webmail account," the ANAO report says.
Hm, Government Public Servant. Why would anyone bother to hack their
As it's the corporations that run the country and apparently have the
money, wouldn't a hacker be better off trying to access the corporations
Government cyber security has never been of a very high standard and if
they then proceed to put everything in the cloud, my assessment would be
that Government security would then equal nothing.
I think the Government is reasonably safe, apart from annoying
irrelevant attention seeking twits like anonymous.
They could of course put the whole of government behind a one way fire
wall and I do like the idea of email kiosks inside organisations.
The other option would be a proprietary mail client that keeps a copy of
all email sent and received on official Government computer systems
[that would certainly decrease the number of private emails...].
It strikes me that persons have their phones for all private
emails/sms/twitterings/im's and phone calls these days.
Could someone please tell me why employees need to use official
government property for private communications ?
Before you do, the logic of the Jet pilot borrowing an F-111 to pop home
(Gosford) for lunch with his mum comes to mind.
Same logic, different price tag [especially if a virus hits...[Err, F111
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