To CC or not to CC?

Malware hits the Mac but is it worth worrying about?
Malware hits the Mac but is it worth worrying about?

The Taliban has managed to reveal the email addresses of some members after it CC'd them into an email, according to a report by ABC News.

It said that official Taliban spokesperson Qari Yousuf Ahmedi sent out a routine email last week where he publicly CC'd the names of everyone on his mailing list. This list of 400 included journalists, an address appearing to belong to a provincial Afghan governor, an Afghan legislator, an Afghan consultative committee and a representative of Gulbuddein Hekmatar, an Afghan warlord whose outlawed group Hezb-i-Islami is believed to be behind several attacks against coalition troops.

As SC demonstrated in its research with Egress earlier this year, sometimes it pays to have a double check of your email before you hit send, as that Kill Pill would have come in very useful!

Other research issued last week by Varonis also found that 62 per cent of respondents reported a mishap — often with serious consequences — as a result of sending an email to the wrong person or with improper or unauthorised content.

This sort of ‘accident' is very easy to do, personally I find it easier to CC than BCC so I do what hopefully keeps me out of trouble – don't CC anyone without checking first. Although I am receive far fewer emails than the average of 100 every day (according to Varonis' research, 78 per cent receive that amount), it is hard to guarantee I will never make this mistake.

Email is here to stay, unless someone else has a viable and practical alternative. However the issues that plague all of us also affect major terror organisations, so when you feel like sticking that poster up in the office to remind your employees of your security posture, this might spring to mind.

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