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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.