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Secret Saudi intelligence sent via Hotmail: report

The Local · 15 Mar 2012, 08:15

Published: 15 Mar 2012 08:15 GMT+01:00

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“I wouldn’t raise an eyebrow if I was told that this information had leaked out to foreign intelligence agencies,“ said Ann-Marie Eklund-Löwinder, head of security at the Swedish Internet Infrastructure Foundation (Stiftelsen för internetinfrastruktur, IIS) to DN.

The four A4-page long email, which details a secret conversation with Saudi general Nasser, was sent in 2008 from assistant under-secretary Cecilia Looström at the Ministry of Defence, according to the paper.

The recipients were a ministry colleague, a high ranking official at the foreign ministry, the director general of the Swedish Agency for Non-proliferation and Export Controls (Inspektionen för strategiska produkter, ISP) and a senior official at the Swedish Defence Research Agency (Totalförsvarets forskningsinstitut, FOI).

Looström used her private email address, ending in @live.se, which despite having a Swedish top domain, ends up in a Microsoft email server in the Western United States, according to DN.

It also means that the email had been wide open while it has bounced between servers in North America and Europe before reaching its Swedish destination.

“I apologize for laughing, but it is deeply unsettling that people who are privy to matters of national security are so very gullible. This must be one of the most stupid things I have ever heard,” said IT expert Olle Bälter of Stockholm’s Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH) to DN.

According to Bälter, it is the IT equivalent of sending the confidential information on a postcard.

“They could just as well have slapped up a poster around town with a web camera sending a message to Saudi Arabia,” said Bälter to the paper.

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Your comments about this article

08:42 March 15, 2012 by OUIJA
Now, he is what I called an intelligent man. He should have sent them using Yahoo or Google mails. They are as lousy as Hotmail, but they are cooler.
08:53 March 15, 2012 by tendance
Lol OMG ain't they suppose to have IT security skills or at least some advisers who have such skills. Oh swedes, people of extremes. Some are extremely smart and do great jobs, others, just so gullible!!!
08:54 March 15, 2012 by HYBRED
It has been recently noted that these internet giants use your emails, as well as your surfing habits to use targeted advertising. Now the Swedish and Saudi agencies in this article are probably getting pop-up ads for surface to air missles and torpedos.
10:02 March 15, 2012 by dw
Who cares if the notes of a secret meeting with the Saudi's are made public. Frankly all communications with the Saudi's should be made public as a matter of public policy. One shouldn't have secrets with dictatorial regimes. One shouldn't be dealing with them in the first place.
11:18 March 15, 2012 by riose
Megaupload is closed, what did u spect?
16:37 March 15, 2012 by gpafledthis
Even as kids the boys know enough to invite GIRLS into the sandbox to play WAR !! It just suprised me the swedish tanks are not PINK !! But in the end does it really matter ?? Minding someone else's business is the swedish model !!
05:34 March 16, 2012 by TheWatchman
Nice one. I like Bälter :P
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