Recently an official from the U.S. Department of Defense revealed that the server of the defense department remained unsecured for the last two weeks, making the private emails accessed easily by anyone.
An error with the server of the Defence Department organized on Microsoft Azure’s government cloud permitted the server to be accessible with a password. However, a report by Tech Crunch stated that any individual, who has the server’s IP address and a working internet connection, could easily access the mailbox data.
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The server had nearly three terabytes of U.S. military emails. Many of those emails were linked to the U.S. Special Operations Command, which is a special unit of the U.S. military that only executes special operations.
As per the report, the emails in the server were apparently years old and had delicate personal intel.
For instance, one of the files that remain uncovered had a fully solved SF-86 questionnaire. It is a form for government employees only and is filled out during security clearances.
The SF-86 questionnaire requires personal information like Social Security number and address and also those close mates whom the applicants know pretty well.
The reports claim that the files hosted on the unprotected server were not confidential or classified.
U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Ken McGraw informed Tech Crunch and stated, “We can confirm at this point is no one hacked U.S. Special Operations Command’s information systems.”