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The UK's Ministry of Defence was obliged to reset user names and passwords following the publication of pictures of the Duke of Cambridge at work on a military base. Four of the 10 pictures, released by St James's Palace, showed Prince William at work at RAF Valley but failed to blur or disguise sensitive information in …

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OMG

Al Qaeda now knows that their passwords are **************!

Also, what a disaster - their Steam handles have now been compromised!

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WTF??

"images showed unclassified MoD user names, passwords and computer screens on a restricted system"

What the f*** were usernames and, most especially, passwords, doing in plain sight and available to be photographed in the first place??

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Re: WTF??

and this doesnt contravene security regulations?!? Did they bother checking JSP 440 ??? DOUBLE WTF!!!

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I am sure that a quiet word has been said...

"Restricted" is the lowest level of classification, and it is as much a reminder that you don't talk about things as a protection of anything important. Those passwords for outside sites such as the FAA don't reveal secrets but you shouldn't be revealing any passwords, None of us should.

If anyone deserves the quiet word, it's the photographer, who I see was RAF and should have known better.

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Re: I am sure that a quiet word has been said...

> "Restricted" is the lowest level of classification

Nope. "Protect" exists below "Restricted" but above "Unclassified".

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Re: I am sure that a quiet word has been said...

It must be different in the UK... here in Australia, protected is above restricted; or at least it was until restricted was removed as a classification altogether.

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Chimp, prince, spot the difference

I like that the Telegraph article has a link to piece entitled "Anybody would think he’s human..." in the sidebar. (It's above a photo of a chimp on a bike.) Coincidence?

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Whoops!

Excuse me Mr terrorist, that photo you got... Would you be so kind as to delete it.

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"and the images showed unclassified MoD user names, passwords and computer screens on a restricted system" -- That is epically stupid, most people put that information on a post-it note by their desk.

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What sort of computer system displays passwords on screen without at least obscuring them?

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Actually, looking a bit closer, the username and password were on a piece of paper pinned to the wall rather than on screen. Poor user education rather than poor choice of systems then.

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The versions I have just looked at on the Duke's website all looked like they had been blurred... you did say an MoD PHOTOGRAPHER didn't you? Even my 8 year old can get 2 or 3 photos out of 10 in focus!

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Daily Mail?

> More on the story, complete with more pictures, can be found in a Daily Mail article here.

Daily Mail!!! It must all be lies. Those right wing journalists wouldn't know the truth if it came up and bit them on the ass.

Until the Guardian publishes its version of events it will be impossible for me tell what the truth is.

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Re: Daily Mail?

Ha ha. And in true Daily Mail fashion, they prefer to down vote you instead of listen to the truth.

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Re: Daily Mail?

So rather than trust the biassed right-wing Daily Mail you'll wait for the biassed left-wing Guardian? You've just picked possibly the two furthest extremes of the mainstream UK newspaper industry. How about something in between, you might get somewhere closer to the truth?

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Re: Daily Mail?

Um. I think OP was joking. The tone made it rather obvious, I thought.

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WTF?

who cares !!

it's not like he's in the army or anything .. as soon as he's put in any danger even from a fart he's wisked away .. same with his brother ..

it's a hoax to say he's done this and that ..

move em out they cost us to much anyway ..german immigrants

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I can guarentee the passwords would of been starred out as usual and maybe the usernames would of been able to be seen, but unless you have access to one of those machines on camp you wouldnt be able to use the username in the first place. As for the being whisked away from danger, Prince William is in a demanding job flying SAR up at Valley and the way the weather kicks up at the drop of a hat up there then yes it is dangerous. Hovering a helicopter off of the side of a cliff face, oil rig or in the mountains is dangerous enough without having to compensate for swiftly changing weather patterns. After 4 years at Valley trust me I know what Im talking about.

As for his brother, yeah he has been whisked so far away from danger he went to Afghanistan to escape danger. In his Apache attack helicopter he is not a target and will never ever be fired upon!!!! Dumbass

Fail because of idiot comments, Flearider get a clue about what you are talking about, then once you have that clue do everyone a favour, go look for another one!

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Re: who cares !!

Indeed, I'm far from being a royalist, but have to say he'll have earned his stripes on this one. Anyone who thinks flying SAR helos up close and personal to mountains and cliffs is not dangerous, is an idiot. Then again I get to see him/them from time to time at close range so perhaps have a better appreciation of the skill involved than the eponymous man in the street.

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JSP 440 cares...

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I think it is still a very good idea to have the person that will be the titular head of the armed services having done some time in them. His career options are pretty limited anyway - it is basically do that or play polo. At least this is useful for his education, and he understands a bit more "on the ground" about some of the crisis that are likely to still be affecting the UK when he does rule.

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"potential sensitive information was visible on computer screens"

Were they playing Solitaire?

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Password Changes

In my experience JPA would randomly tell you your password had expired and make you reset it anyway. 3 times in one week was my record...

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Missed a trick there

Harry should have pinned a notice to his wall prominently labelled "Trident launch codes." That'd give the press something to be excited about.

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I bet this would not have been passed off as a mere "Admin error" had the mistake been made by a less Royal member of the team.

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Um...

the mistake was made by the photographer and/or the people releasing the photos. Other than bein the reason the photos were of particular interest to the press, what, exactly, was William's contribution to the 'error'?

Some people are just too too bitter that people other than themselves get a spotlight on them. Seriously!

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I'd be more worried..

... about the fact they're using Windows XP and Office 2003. End of life, anyone?

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Re: I'd be more worried..

That's nothing, we're still using IE6.

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Re: I'd be more worried..

Military lifecycles aren't quite in tune with the "let's replace it before they have even installed it" speed of commercial software, which is why there is always tension between COTS and military use.

Besides, massive thumbs up for not going to the productivity destroying ribbon yet.

WE'RE UNDER FIRE AND I CANNOT FIND WHERE EVERYTHING IS. HELLO? HELLO? MICROSOFT SUPPORT?

:)

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Re: I'd be more worried..

" about the fact they're using Windows XP and Office 2003. End of life, anyone?"

XP goes EOL in April 2014.

Military/Civil Service users can expect to be rolled to Win 7 in about March 2014.

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Re: I'd be more worried..

Public consumer EOL's are different from Extended support contracts... Particularly exclusive use of the word "public"... I'm sure they purposefully meant to include public to infer something?

e.g. http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2009/09/15/support-changes-coming-july-2010-for-windows-2000-server-and-windows-server-2003.aspx

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Re: I'd be more worried..

Becuase DII is any different... as is featured in the wide office shot.

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Black Helicopters

In other - completely unconnected - news...

Prince William is advertising for a new press officer

http://jobs.guardian.co.uk/job/4540034/press-officer-the-households-of-trh-the-duke-and-duchess-of-cambridge-and-hrh-prince-henry-of-wales/

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Re: In other - completely unconnected - news...

I wish him/her luck - it's not as cushy as you probably think it to be. Apart from anything else, the "chosen one" must have a wholly unremarkable life to start with so that they do not become the news instead.

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It is just me..

.. or is that website album thingy buggered?

http://www.dukeandduchessofcambridge.org/life-in-pictures?a=6647#na

Mind you, I have ad blocking and various filters enabled - maybe that gets in the way. Or it's only for Friend of Bill Gates..

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Easy to remember ..

Username = Ginger - Password = Babykins

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on average around 2,000

is it on average? Or around?

Or approximately... or an approximately average?

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Site down?

Site seems to be mysteriously down "We are experiencing technical difficulties at the moment Please visit the official website of the British Monarchy". As of 1945, UK time, 21st November.

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As of 1945?

As a republican, I've always thought the monarchy was out of date, but they openly admit it?

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sensitive plans on the board, like when/where they are planning the next invasion so they can upstart old UK business? Not even hitler himself would have been that paranoid. #poppycock

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Everyone knows the password is

Joshua

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