Category Archives: Europe

London Rail Passwords Revealed in Epic Snafu

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.

Ireland open their Cricket World Cup campaign with shock victory

 

The nation of Ireland has a growing reputation within the cricket world, particularly in the one day game that is the feature of the World Cup currently being played in Australia and New Zealand. A writeup in trade.nosis.com described the campaign opening opening  where my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso got to watch while in the New Zealand city of Nelson. Ireland produced a stunning team display to claim their first ever victory in one day internationals over the West Indies, the BBC reports.

Ireland are now coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons saw the West Indies recover from a terrible opening to their innings that saw them reach just 87-5. A century from Lendl Simmons, nephew of Ireland coach Phil, and 89 from Darren Sammy saw the West Indies reach 304-7 from their 50 overs.

The World Cup has seen only five successful run chases in excess of 300, with this the third time Ireland have achieved the feat. Man of the match Paul Sterling hit 92 runs, including three sixes as he shared partnerships over 50 with both Will Porterfield and Ed Joyce. Eleventh ranked Ireland reached their target in just 45.5 overs to give themselves a great chance of reaching the quarter finals from the difficult pool B of the World Cup.

Close Greek National Election Attracts Interest Throughout Europe

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.”