You may recall earlier in the year the crackdown placed on bloggers by the military, who said that such blogging could pose a security threat by leaking sensitive wartime information. Yet, haven't we seen huge amounts of sensitive information leaked on the Internet by government agencies? (Nods head in agreement) A series of audits has shown that official DoD websites pose far more of a threat than soldiers' blogs.
The audits, performed by the Army Web Risk Assessment Cell between January 2006 and January 2007, found at least 1,813 violations of operational security policy on 878 official military websites. In contrast, the 10-man, Manassas, Virginia, unit discovered 28 breaches, at most, on 594 individual blogs during the same period.
The results were obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, after the digital rights group filed a lawsuit under the Freedom of Information Act.
"It's clear that official Army websites are the real security problem, not blogs," said EFF staff attorney Marcia Hofmann. "Bloggers, on the whole, have been very careful and conscientious. It's a pretty major disparity."
Just to be fair, let's say we extrapolate the numbers so the number of blogs is the same as the number of DoD sites. In that case, you would find 41 breaches on blogs vs. the 1813 breaches on DoD sites. Hardly close, wouldn't you say?