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Monday, June 26th, 2017   |   5 comments

A Rare Mid-Week Magpie, But It’s Important

Here’s an interesting snippet that floated into the Nest this morning.

This hasn’t appeared in any national media. Have they been told not to criticise a government department for a serious security blunder? The informant was a recipient of the original email.

“Here you go, security breach…. Communications Access Coordinator from Attorney General’s office accidentally leaked the entire database for Defence Interception points of contact for all Carriers in Australia. They typically BCC industry wide emails but they recalled it, and in recalling the email, has (sic) displayed all BCC recipients.


The concerned writer, a recipient of the original email,  then followed this up with:

“This is a significant issue that ought to be addressed, it’s in the nations interests… Any of the people below can be targeted by foreign adversaries (Hackers etc) now to determine how carriers intercept and retain data.”

The reference pertains to more than 200 addresses. A schoolboy error that needs addressing urgently.

This is a national issue.

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  1. Ezra Pound Axe King says:

    And still no reportage in this matter?

  2. fwyp says:

    Hi Pie,

    Sounds disastrous, but could someone just let us know which “carriers” they are talking about?
    Much easier done with emails than with the old paper / fax / postage, etc days.
    Thanks, as usual,

    • The Magpie says:

      Short answer, no. Given the myriad of draconian security laws (which is as they should be for terroristrs but not journalists), it is possible to make life unpleasant simply because one has exercised their democratic right to embarrass the powers that be. And anyway, in this case, that information is neither necessary or fair, it is the cock-up that counts.

  3. Lorna says:

    Can someone please explain to me how anyone who uses a computer as part of their job manages NOT to comprehend the functions of “to; CC; and BCC”? And I know how often they are abused .. I’m baffled.

  4. Aussiemandias says:

    Surely a dressing down from the media would actually help the powers that be ensure that this kind of thing doesn’t happen again?

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