Report: WikiLeaks source exploited security flaw
A State Department program lacked a feature that might have alerted officials to the unauthorized download of diplomatic cables.
- By John S. Monroe
- Dec 31, 2010
Poor information security in an obscure State Department computer system made it possible for an inside source to turn over a massive cache of secret and sensitive diplomatic cables to WikiLeaks.
The Net-Centric Diplomacy initiative, which had become a storehouse of diplomatic cables, lacked the ability to detect that someone was downloading data without authorization, according to a report by the Washington Post.
“U.S. officials and security analysts describe the leak as a cautionary tale, one that underscores flaws in security for secret government data while also exposing a downside to the U.S. government's enthusiastic embrace of information-sharing in the months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks,” writes Joby Warrick at the Post.
John S. Monroe is the editor-in-chief of Federal Computer Week.