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Nov 19, 2012

The Taliban, Julian Assange, and Dilbert-moments

Oh, Dilbert. From Afghan religious extremists to silver-haired Melbourne cyber-hipsters - you know us so well.

Shakira Hussein

Writer and academic in multiculturalism

This morning's Age carries the story of the Taliban press release which apparently inadvertently revealed the organisation's entire mailing list when a spokesman managed to hit "cc" instead of "bcc" in what US-based ABC news described as a "Dilbert-esque faux pax". It may be Dilbert-esque, but before we laugh too hard at those tech-clumsy Taliban, fumbling their way into the cyber age, it's worth remembering that this particular faux pax is also Assange-esque. Wikileaks much-vaunted encryption to secure the anonymity of its sources reportedly unraveled due to a chain of events following "an error thousands of email users make daily: choosing "cc" rather than "bcc"."  Oh, Dilbert. From Afghan religious extremists to silver-haired Melbourne cyber-hipsters - you know us so well.              

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