Noah Shachtman spills the beans on Operational Security (OPSEC) violations on the blogs of US military personnel.
For years, the military has been warning that soldiers' blogs could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. But a series of online audits, conducted by the Army, suggests that official Defense Department websites post material that's far more potentially harmful than blogs do.It took a lawsuit to get the Pentagon to release the truth. Up to that time they stonewalled the results of their audit. They had a reason: the results are an embarrassment to the DoD.
The audits, performed by the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell between January 2006 and January 2007, found at least 1,813 violations of operational security policy on 878 official military websites. In contrast, the 10-man, Manassas, Virginia, unit discovered 28 breaches, at most, on 594 individual blogs during the same period.Specialist Erikson, are you paying attention?