Army censor makes technical error

Redcardlibrarian writes “The Army made a pretty large technical error last weekend, one that should teach everyone what not to do when you want to keep information secret. America’s military command in Iraq released a report in PDF format about the death of an Italian intelligence agent after supposedly censoring classified, sensitive information within it. However, the government censor is not a geek–he/she just drew black boxes over the classified text in the report before saving it as a PDF file.

The end product was a PDF file that still allowed readers to copy the content onto the clipboard and paste it into any word processing program–including the supposedly censored content. Since the censor’s boxes did not actually remove any of the text, it was all still available underneath the black boxes.”