UK’s nuke submarine fleet secrets mistakenly revealed on website

April 18th, 2011 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Apr 17 (ANI): British defence ministry officials are facing an embarrassing situation after secrets related to the country’s nuclear-powered submarines was mistakenly published on a website.

The exposed materials include expert opinion about the fleet’s ability to withstand a catastrophic accident, and also details measures used by the US Navy to protect its own nuclear submarines, the Daily Mail reports.

The information has also revealed about a fatal flaw in the safety of British nuclear submarines when faced with an onboard accident, besides detailing the way the American nuclear fleet would react in the case of a similar disaster, the Scotsman reports.

The paper quoted Tory MP Patrick Mercer, who served in the Army, as saying that the information would be “hugely interesting” to Britain’s enemies and its release “potentially catastrophic”.

The documents released on the Parliament website also said that the existing reactors were “potentially vulnerable” to fatal accidents, leading ministers to suggest new versions would be used.

According to reports, anyone browsing the document could read the classified text simply by simply highlighting it and then copying and pasting to another document.

“It’s a staggeringly stupid thing to do. Anyone with even an elementary knowledge of computing would know how to read it. I can only assume they gave it to a junior member of staff to deal with. If this document is like this, who knows what else is? It’s very sloppy security,” Graham Cluley of online security experts Sophos, said.

The concern came at a time when safety on board Britain’s nuclear submarines has come under scrutiny after the fatal shooting on board HMS Astute earlier this month. (ANI)

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