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    Pentagon and Microsoft Are Investigating Leak of Military Emails

    Pentagon and Microsoft Are Investigating Leak of Military Emails

    — The Defense Department and Microsoft Corp. are investigating an error that exposed at least a terabyte of emails including personal information and conversations between officials, people familiar with the matter said, an episode that highlighted the security risk of moving sensitive Pentagon data to the cloud.

    The Pentagon's Cyber Command has taken the lead on the investigation with Microsoft, which operates the Azure cloud-computing service that stored the data. Information on a U.S. Special Operations Command server was accessible without a password, said the people, who asked not to be identified discussing information that hasn't been publicly released.

    Investigators have no sign yet that the exposed data was accessed but were still working to assess the fallout from the leak, the people said. A US Cyber Command spokesperson declined to comment but said defensive cyber operators scan and mitigate the networks they manage.

    The emails contained conversations between Pentagon officials as well as completed SF-86 forms, which government employees are required to fill out to obtain security clearances, according to screenshots of the emails shared by Anurag Sen, an independent security researcher who discovered the leak. The incident was first reported Tuesday by TechCrunch.

    The exposure may have resulted from a configuration error with Microsoft's server that left it publicly accessible, two…

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