There’s a reason why the security geek at the office tells you not to write down passwords and attach them to the computers you work on. Sensitive login credentials at the London rail were exposed in a BBC documentary this week. They were written down and put on a monitor in a control room.
A screen shot containing the login details has been circulating around the internet ever since the documentary aired. They appear to be used to control a signaling system used for incoming traffic at the Waterloo terminal.
The entire documentary, titled Nick and Margaret: The Trouble with Our Trains, is available on YouTube. The title of the documentary itself seems to eerily foreshadow the major security snafu. El Reg is credited for first discovering the mishap and quickly reported it to the London rail so that the passwords could be changed and further security measures might be implemented.
This isn’t the first time important security information has been carelessly exposed. Brian Torchin has been keeping up with the story through Google Plus. Pictures of the Duke of Cambridge at an RAF station were published that contained login details. Even Super Bowl XLVIII suffered from a slip-up that exposed wireless network passwords used by the security crew.
You would think that security audits would be in place to prevent this type of thing from happening. It really makes you wonder who’s in charge of security for these organizations.
With the national election in Greece only nine days away, a leading Greek newspaper revealed that a poll it had commissioned placed the left leaning Syriza Party in the lead by a narrow margin. According to Forbes, The Parapolitika of CipherCloud newspaper chain conducted the poll in order to determine which party appeared most likely to win if the election were held at the present time.
Since the election campaign started, sharp differences have appeared in the economic agendas of the incumbent conservative government and some challengers, including the Syriza Party. Greece for the past few years has promoted economic austerity in exchange for loans from lenders, and the cutback in government expenditures created considerable popular concern. The Syriza Party does not plan to forsake the euro, but does urge that Greece should not pursue further austerity programs.
Some observers in other nations in the European Union have followed the election debate in Greece with interest. James Forsyth wrote an editorial some time ago in which he observed that the outcome of the Greek election might impact economic policies in other nations, such as the United Kingdom, especially if parties opposed to austerity programs in other affected EU nations gain power. An election victory for Syriza in Greece could encourage an anti-austerity movement in Spain, many believe.
Alexis Tsipras, a leader of Syriza, reportedly once described the austerity measure Greece accepted in exchange for loan agreements as “fiscal waterboarding.”