Oops! Taliban Privacy Blunder Reveals E-mail List
Spokesman Qari Yousuf Ahmedi apparently mixed up the CC and BCC fields.
ABC News' Muhammad Lila reports that a Taliban spokesman recently e-mailed out a press release with the organization's entire e-mail list included in the CC field.
"When Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi received a press release from a fellow spokesperson, he forwarded it on to the full Taliban mailing list," writes Betabeat's Jessica Roy. "But like a hapless aunt sending you a GIF-heavy chain letter, he forgot that there’s a difference between BCC and CC, and accidentally revealed the email addresses of everyone on the list."
"Although most of the 400-odd names on the Taliban's mailing list belonged to local and international journalists, they also included several Afghan politicians, academics, activists, and a representative from warlord Gulbuddein Hekmatar of the outlawed Hezb-i-Islami organization," writes Fast Company's Neal Underleider.
"We can only imagine the chain of reply-alls that followed, but we’re certain it’s the stuff of nightmares," writes Ars Technica's Casey Johnston.
"'Taliban have included 4 of my email addresses on the leaked distribution list. Quite reassuring to my safety,' tweeted Kabul-based journalist Mustafa Kazemi," writes TechNewsDaily's Ben Weitzenkorn.
"In case you want to avoid making the same mistake and don’t known the difference, we’ll spell it out for yo," writes The Next Web's Emil Protalinski. "CC is for simultaneously sending copies of an email to secondary recipients, and BCC is the same, except that recipients listed are not shown details of any other recipients. In other words, if you want to protect your recipients, use BCC."