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MoD Blamed As UK Nuclear Submarine Secrets Go Public

The UK Ministry of Defence has published a classified government report on its website that contained blacked out parts that were unfortunately visible when doing a straight forward copy/paste.

The mistake was discovered by UK newspaper (opens in new tab) the Dailystar and they alerted the MoD which confirmed that the "schoolboy error" was indeed genuine.

Whoever edited the PDF document thought that just turning the text background black would be enough to make the words unreadable.

Although the Daily Star stressed that it will not publish any information that could jeopardise Britain's national security, it did mention that the blanked out paragraphs included details of potential weaknesses in the UK nuclear submarine fleet.

The Daily Star quotes one senior MoD official saying, “This is hugely embarrassing. Whoever is responsible should be sacked. The Americans will be furious their procedures have been exposed.”

The report was posted on the UK Parliament's website after an anti-nuclear campaigner made a a Freedom of Information request.

The redacted, declassified document, entitled "Safety Regulators' advice on the selection of the propulsion plant in support of the future deterrent review note," can be viewed here (opens in new tab).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.