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Prince William photoshoot exposes sensitive military information

Nothing to see there, move along
Wed Nov 21 2012, 12:21
Security threats - password theft

PHOTOGRAPHS published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge's website have been removed and altered for security reasons.

The photos showed Prince William at his day job as a Search and Rescue helicopter pilot. Unfortunately some showed more than the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) would like and were hastily yanked down and blurrified.

The Telegraph reports that the MoD twigged to the pics only after they were live, but did notice that sensitive information was pretty clearly shown in the background on bulletin boards and computer screens.

The same photos are now back where they were but have been blurred in the relevant areas. They had already got out though, and were reproduced on some other news websites.

"Due to an administrative oversight, these photographs were not properly cleared at RAF Valley and the images showed unclassified MoD user names, passwords and computer screens on a restricted system," said an MoD spokesperson to the Telegraph.

"The passwords and user names shown have now been reset as a precaution and we are satisfied the images do not contravene security regulations. All the photos have been now amended and reissued. Media organisations are kindly asked to use these images."

One photo, titled, "Flt. Lt. Wales is part of a four man crew", showed Prince William sitting in front of a notice on a board with a user name and password clearly visible.

According to Sophos security expert Graham Cluley, it was a particularly insecure password too. µ


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