Afghan interpreters suffer data breach

As reported in the BBC tech pages, email addresses and other personal information regarding Afghan interpreters was subject to a data breach.

You might imagine how serious this is, and how those affected might be understandably very worried.

Looking at what happened, it is suggested that one interpreter who received the email realised that more than 250 fellow interpreters who worked with British forces had been copied into the email.

It seems that this could be yet another example of the dangerous practice of sending the same email to multiple recipients by pasting email addresses into the To or CC fields. Using the BCC field can be safe, but it relies on the operator being alert and aware, and surely it’s just too great a risk.

Why are we still seeing examples of this sort of risky behaviour, when there are much more secure ways to send emails?