Taliban accidentally reveal identities of mailing list members


The Taliban apparently needs a lesson in the difference between carbon copy (CC) and blind carbon copy (BCC), as a spokesperson of the militant group accidentally revealed the members of the group's mailing list.

Qari Yousuf Ahmedi sent out a routine email last week, and publicly CC''d the names of everyone on his mailing list

According to ABC News, the email was a press release he received from the account of Zabihullah Mujahid, another Taliban spokesperson.

Ahmedi then forwarded Mujahid''s email to the full Taliban mailing list, but rather than using the BCC function, or blind carbon copy which keeps email addresses private, Ahmedi made the addresses public.

According to the report, the list, made up of more than 400 recipients, consists mostly of journalists.

The also included an address appearing to belong to a provincial governor, an Afghan legislator, several academics and activists, 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, the report said.

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