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The NSW police department has a black eye after publishing a database of e-mail passwords online

The New South Wales police force accidentally published a database of e-mail passwords of around 800 people who signed up for the NSW police press releases.  Journalists from several major newspapers and two senior counter-terrorism police officers were among the 800 that had their passwords publicly published on the Internet.  Even though the database has been taken offline, it can still be accessed through Google.  According to the Sydney Morning Herald:

While some of the passwords would be used only for subscribing to the NSW Police media releases, many appear to be the secret codes journalists use to access their email accounts and other password-dependent information.  The more sophisticated passwords are a combination of letters and numerals, while others are people's names.

Some people left vulnerable by this blunder by the police force are rightfully upset that something like this could happen.  Hopefully, the NSW police department works to fix the situation as soon as possible.




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