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UK and NATO Secrets Are A-Wandering

By Teneo in News
Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 11:41:08 PM EST
Tags: Security (all tags)
Security

pwhysall noted in a submission last week (you know, the one featuring British word of the day "blootered"), that British intelligence was having some difficulty holding on to its secrets while agents were enjoying drinking binges, napping, or other activities vital to the security of Great Britain. Apparently, you needn't have your laptop stolen to compromise vital information.

This related item in the UK's Telegraph describes how a nine page document relating to the rules of engagement for military personnel in Kosovo showed up on the computers of a London publishing company.

The breach is attributed to a "mistake."

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UK and NATO Secrets Are A-Wandering | 12 comments (12 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
So let me get this straight: these ... (none / 0) (#4)
by stimuli on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 03:05:42 PM EST

stimuli voted 1 on this story.

So let me get this straight: these documents just popped up on folks screens when they were trying to open a document. And later the spooks showed up looking for them. No doubt there is a lot more going on here than what is obvious.
-- Jeffrey Straszheim

napping on the job is what makes en... (none / 0) (#8)
by bse on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 03:07:35 PM EST

bse voted 1 on this story.

napping on the job is what makes england so great! ;) the whole "sensitive information stolen on a laptop" issue. i just dont get that.. why would mi5/6 be letting their "agetns" out with information like that on their laptops! it just doesnt make sense. just my 2bits =o

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This is starting to get scary.. I h... (none / 0) (#6)
by pulsar on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 04:22:52 PM EST

pulsar voted 1 on this story.

This is starting to get scary.. I hope the U.S. (or another countries) doesn't give the U.K. any vital information!

Should I create a "bumbling spies" ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 06:34:35 PM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

Should I create a "bumbling spies" topic icon? :-)

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Re: Should I create a "bumbling spies" ... (none / 0) (#12)
by eann on Tue Apr 04, 2000 at 10:49:06 AM EST

We could add a late link to an article about the FBI office in Fort Worth. Sure, having their files spread across several square miles isn't exactly their fault, but they did leave stuff laying around after hours. :)

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You do know that we can see your na... (3.50 / 2) (#5)
by Anonymous Coward on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 07:38:41 PM EST

Anonymous Coward voted -1 on this story.

You do know that we can see your name next to "Posted by," right?

Well, I *am* curious as to why Bond... (none / 0) (#10)
by mojotoad on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 08:04:22 PM EST

mojotoad voted 0 on this story.

Well, I *am* curious as to why Bond never blabbed after all that shaking but not stirring.

<RUBBER TYPE="stamp"> ... (none / 0) (#7)
by nascent on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 08:05:43 PM EST

nascent voted 1 on this story.

<RUBBER TYPE="stamp">
Funny stuff.
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nascent
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Leeks rule! Now we just need to ge... (none / 0) (#3)
by Nyarlathotep on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 09:41:04 PM EST

Nyarlathotep voted 1 on this story.

Leeks rule! Now we just need to get the NSA to leek any of the interesting stuff that they have ben working on.
Campus Crusade for Cthulhu -- it found me!

You go boy!... (none / 0) (#2)
by teach1 on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 10:15:55 PM EST

teach1 voted 1 on this story.

You go boy!

    Although it... (none / 0) (#9)
by confidential on Mon Apr 03, 2000 at 11:41:08 PM EST

confidential voted 1 on this story.

    Although it is dated the 2nd, i think this looks like a late april fools gag, or one that was passed on to the Telegraph. for the first half of the document it sounds like its a document that leaked, but for the 2nd, it is referred to as a virus.
    If you look at the jargon file, a virus is a self-replicating program, so either some agent got drunk enough to want to code this thing into a self-replicating program that is made to forward itself around (highly unlikely) or it sounds like some script kiddie got bored, wrote it up, and forwarded it to everyone he knew ala Melissa virus. even that sounds lame though, as the interviewee said they were visited by the "men in black" wich wouldnt have happened if it were a bored script kiddie.
    so, basically i think that either its a fake, or they mis-used the term virus. if anyone has any info reguarding it, i would be glad to hear, as my head is quite confoozeled at the moment ~_^

Re: Although it... (none / 0) (#11)
by rusty on Tue Apr 04, 2000 at 12:35:55 AM EST

A Ministry of Defence spokesman confirmed last night that investigators believed the leaked Nato document was genuine. He said: "We are aware of a computer virus containing text relating to military matters. Appropriate measures have been taken to investigate."
I think this story is genuine. From what I can gather of the article, it seems that there's a virus, who's action is to display this sensitive info. That's why they "weren't doing anything" and it just started to display. They did say that it occurred when they tried to open a new document, so I'm thinking word macro virus, which would make sense for a virus with this kind of payload.

Weird, all around.

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Not the real rusty
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