Nov 25, 2008

Holiday Email Quarantine

Hi Frank,

This was sent out late this afternoon. Classic. Why not just have CIO work over the holiday weekend like real f'ing company would? Instead let's inconvenience everyone else at the Lab. Better yet, we will just have to send work e-mails over our home accounts. What a great idea - that should go over real well during January's audit.

Anonymous, please....

I think you're forgetting - this is the holiday when turkeys need to go into hiding.

---------------------------- Original Message ----------------------------
Subject: LANL-ALL2258: Holiday email quarantine
From: "Distributions" []
Date: Tue, November 25, 2008 4:26 pm


Holiday email quarantine

The laboratory Chief Information Officer has directed changes in our network security policy over holidays. There is an increased threat from cyber attacks during these periods as adversaries expect their targets to be lightly staffed and therefore will not notice their attacks until it is too late.

All mail coming into the lab from the Internet will be quarantined for the holiday period. It will be released the morning of the first business day back to work. If you expect important programmatic email over the holidays, you have two options: add your correspondent(s) to your spam safelist, or periodically check your spam quarantine for those important messages to release them. For information on how to do this, see the email spam FAQ at


Anonymous said...

This is a joke, right?
They really would not do something
this stupid, or would they?

Anonymous said...

Some of us have foreign collaborators and need to exchange Email with them on weekends, nights, and US holidays.

This is another nail in the coffin of sciende at LANL.

Anonymous said...

We have become a work-free safe and secure place.

Anonymous said...

The place is being run by a bunch of Barney Fifes!

Anonymous said...

I guess the spies will have to wait 'till Monday now. Good job LANS!

Anonymous said...


This is on the KRQE web site.

Los Alamos lab names new
deputy director
LOS ALAMOS, NM - Isaac Richardson has been named the new deputy director of Los Alamos National Laboratory.

Richardson will begin his new job Feb. 1. He will replace Jan Van Prooyen, who is retiring early next year after three years at the northern New Mexico lab.

The lab said Richardson has 37 years of leadership experience. He spent 31 years in the Navy, where he attained the rank of rear admiral and commanded the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS

Richardson also worked for Bechtel, where he oversaw the company's civil infrastructure projects in Qatar and guided development of the New Doha International Airport.

Van Prooyen also worked for Bechtel before joining the lab.

Copyright Associated Press, Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Anonymous said...

Waiting for the Thread on the new Deputy Director.

Another Bechtel "_____"

Anonymous said...

The sky is falling............

LANS did the same a few months ago during a holiday break.

The CIO is just plain stupid. We get incoming emails all the other times without the world collapsing. What usually bites us in the ass is some idiot opening something they shouldn't and everyone is off and no one is working during the holiday, right?

Anonymous said...

"The CIO is just plain stupid." - 10:42 AM

I'll give a strong second to that opinion.

Why is LANL's Email firewall so weak that we have to resort to stupid ideas like a Email quarantine over the Holidays?

This is silly and yet another step towards a complete and thorough "work free safety zone" at LANL.

BTW, just in case you don't realize it, LANL's CIO (like most of the others LANS executives) came from Bechtel. Figures.

Anonymous said...

Are you an ADC, or do you have access to ADC services over Thanksgiving, 6:58?

Anonymous said...

The CIO is an ex-DOE headquarters flunkie good ol' boy who worked as a contractor in the DOE CIO office for Northrop Grumman. He came to LANL so he could do even less work than they do in the DOE CIO offices.

Anonymous said...

I'll give you one guess who the real Spam-Turkeys are.

Anonymous said...

I M 11/2608, 6:58AM

Yes, I am an ADC.

Anonymous said...

The quality of LANL's executive management team continues to reach new lows with each passing month.