Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help

Looks like the sticky-note problem can hit the best of us!

One of the most glaring errors made by one of the spy defendants was leaving an imposing 27-character password written on a piece of paper that law enforcement officers found while searching a suspect’s home. They used the password to crack open a treasure trove of more than 100 text files containing covert messages used to further the investigation.

However, I would have thought that memorization tricks would have been part of the spy-training.

via Russian spy ring needed some serious IT help – Computerworld. h/t Schneier.

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