Thursday, June 09, 2005

Railway publishes passwords in magazine

#78 This is a humorous story, that illustrates the casualness with which we treat passwords (see previous post).

Train operator Great North Eastern Railway (GNER) has inadvertently printed system passwords in a magazine available to thousands of passengers.The April/May edition of Livewire, GNER's passenger magazine, includes an article on the operator's control centre in York.The article is illustrated with a series of photographs, one of which shows mainframe and computer passwords written on a whiteboard.

The company carries 15 million passengers every year, eight million of whom are business travellers. The magazine has a circulation of more than 100,000
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