Generals and E-mail

What is so utterly unbelievable about the Generals Petraeus and Allen is their apparent naivety. These are experts at secure communications. They are intelligent and capable military officers. What could ever bring them to believe that any communication on the open net is secure and undiscoverable? Firms such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, and others actually do a lot of data mining, well beyond most of our comprehension. (Just use your favorite search engine on any topic. You will get thousands of hits. Imagine the computing power this requires. During the nights when few are hitting on searches, these servers do not rest. ) Anything that appears interesting is flagged. Even I know this. This is why it is good advice to never post anything of any salacious, sensitive, or derogatory nature through these messengers. But if you must... Use a messenger that supports encryption, such as PGP (Pretty Good Privacy), very difficult -- no; incredibly difficult -- to decrypt. Make certain your...(Read Full Post)