The Lazy Genius

Security News & Brain Dumps from Xavier Ashe, a Bit9 Client Partner

UK Government IT slip reveals terror concerns

Posted by Xavier Ashe on September 20, 2005

A mistake in the consultation document on proposed new terrorism laws has let
slip crucial details of government concerns.

The problems came to light after a Microsoft Word document detailing the
proposed changes in terrorism legislation was sent to members of the
Conservative and
Liberal Democrat
parties.

By using the 'track changes' function recipients were able to see the
modifications that had been made when the document was being written.

For example, in the original draft Home Secretary
Charles
Clarke
expressed doubts about extending the length of time police officers
could hold suspects: “The case for some extension is clear, though I believe
there is room for debate as to whether we should go as far as three months. I'm
still in discussion with the police on this point.”

This is not the first time that similar mistakes have been made. In May the
US Army accidentally released classified information into
the shooting of Italian intelligence agent
Nicola
Calipari
in a PDF document.

Read the full article on vnunet.com.  Microsoft has a free plugin for Office 2003 and XP that allow you to remove hidden data
I use this tool all the time.  The other solution is using Adobe
PDF, but you can still expose information if you don't know what you're
doing.

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