Last summer, the surprising news came out that Japanese nuclear secrets leaked out, after a contractor was allowed to connect his personal virus-infested computer to the network at a nuclear power plant. The contractor had a file sharing app on his laptop as well, and suddenly nuclear secrets were available to plenty of kids just trying to download the latest hit single. It’s only taken about nine months for the government to come up with its suggestion on how to prevent future leaks of this nature: begging all Japanese citizens not to use file sharing systems—so that the next time this happens, there won’t be anyone on the network to download such documents.
Even if their begging works, it solves the wrong problem. Sad.
EDITED TO ADD (3/22): Another article.
Posted on March 20, 2006 at 2:01 PM •
The website Cryptome has a list of 276 MI6 agents:
This combines three lists of MI6 officers published here on 13 May 1999 (116 names), 21 August 2005 (74 names), and 27 August 2005 (121 names).
While none of the 311 names appeared on all three lists…35 names appeared on two lists, leaving 276 unique names.
According to Silicon.com:
It is not the first time this kind of information has been published on the internet and Foreign Office policy is to neither confirm nor deny the accuracy of such lists. But a spokesman slammed its publication for potentially putting lives in danger.
On the other hand:
The website is run by John Young, who “welcomes” secret documents for publication and recently said there was a “need to name as many intelligence officers and agents as possible”.
He said: “It is disinformation that naming them places their life in jeopardy. Not identifying them places far more lives in jeopardy from their vile secret operations and plots.”
Posted on August 31, 2005 at 2:28 PM •
Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.