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Superbowl security command centre broadcast a passcode on the telly

Everything is locked down and secure, except the security command centre
Mon Feb 03 2014, 15:12

SUPERBOWL FEVER in the US led to a moment of madness last night as the Superbowl security command centre allowed cameras from CBS inside without properly considering its own security.

The invitation presumably was armflexing to show how switched on the security goons were during the event.

Unfortunately such displays of testosterone don't go over too well when they are accompanied by a big arrow pointing to a soft underbelly.

In the Superbowl security command centre's case that underbelly was a wireless username and password that was filmed during the segment, which was broadcast live and spotted by the eagle eyes of Reddit users. The image below shared by Reddit user amiracle19.


The login name for the WiFi connection was "Marko" and the password was hackerese for "welcomehere". We suspect that these have since been changed. If we were trying to work out what the new password is we would probably go for "unwelcomehere" and then work onwards from there.

This was pretty embarrassing for an organisation that prides itself on security, but it is not an isolated incident.

A puff piece published on the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge website was removed and altered for security reasons in 2012.

The reason for this removal was that someone realised that sensitive military information had been captured by snappers and was proudly being used to accompany images of Prince William looking sage.

In one image the prince was pictured sitting in front of something that clearly showed a login and password.

The UK Ministry of Defence moved quickly to expunge the content, adding that it would prefer if the media forgot about the existence of the original photos.

"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 at the time.

"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." µ


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