'Potentially Catastrophic' Nuclear Secrets Exposed via Copy and PasteS

Nuclear submarine secrets were exposed in poorly "redacted" documents on a British government website. It turns out all you need to beat 007's team these days are some copy and paste skills.

The Ministry of Defense posted to the Parliament website a report on a future generation of nuclear submarines. The report had been declassified, contingent on certain redactions. But rather than properly redacting the information, the ministry just overlaid black bars on top of the classified text, which could then be extracted via the sophisticated computer cracking technique known as "copying and pasting," like so: I need another cup of coffee so bad right now.

It's not clear exactly what information was, since the Daily Star Sunday reporter who broke the story stayed mum on the specifics and gave the government time to redact its secrets. But a conservative member of Parliament who served in the army told The Guardian the leak was "potentially catastrophic" and "hugely interesting" to British enemies. And expert opinion in the documents reportedly concluded that Britain's current "Trident" nuclear subs are significantly vulnerable to fatal accidents. But only if the British military were to be careless in its handling of high-stakes nuclear situations, which they would never... oh, right.

[Photo of British Trident submarine via Getty Images]