Prince William snaps reveal defense ministry passwords



This is an undated handout photo issued by on Tuesday Nov. 20, 2012 of Britain’s Prince William making his bed whilst working as a helicopter search and rescue pilot at RAF Valley on Anglesey, Wales. AP/ SAC Faye Storer/MoD,

LONDON—British palace officials had to hastily remove several photographs of Prince William from the Internet on Tuesday after realising that they showed Ministry of Defense passwords in the background.

The photos, published on the website the 30-year-old prince shares with his wife Catherine, had aimed to provide a glimpse into his life as a search and rescue pilot with the Royal Air Force (RAF) — but revealed more than intended.

“Due to an administrative oversight, these photographs were not properly cleared at RAF Valley and the images showed unclassified MoD user names, passwords and computer screens on a restricted system,” a ministry spokesman said.

“The passwords and user names shown have now been reset as a precaution and we are satisfied the images do not contravene security regulations.

“All the photos have been now amended and reissued. Media organisations are kindly asked to use these images.”

The photos show the second in line to the British throne in his RAF khaki jump suit and going about every day tasks at his Welsh base, from carrying out checks on his Sea King helicopter to making a cup of tea.

Several shots in the album, entitled “A working day in the life of Flight Lieutenant Wales” in reference to the prince’s name while he is at work, show computer screens in the background of RAF operation rooms.

A spokeswoman for William’s Clarence House residence said: “The photos were taken and supplied by the RAF. Any security issues are a matter for the MoD.”

William, who will one day be head of the armed forces as Britain’s monarch, joined the RAF in 2010 and qualified as a search and rescue pilot last June.

His four-man crew performs regular rescue missions, often picking up stricken climbers in mountainous north Wales.

William’s younger brother Harry, an Apache helicopter pilot with the British army, is currently serving in Afghanistan.

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  • WeAry_Bat

    How very Blade Runner, hackers try to the refine reflection of the computer screen from the window.  Next, the passwords would tell what kind of pattern is requested from the policy.  Unless they completely change the usernames, the pattern would also be gleaned.

  • troyg318

    perhaps it wont be so obvious if  they been discreet and just quietly removed the photos, but instead they make such fanfare about it.


    We are just humans always prone to error/oversight.

  • ah_ok_fine12

    publicity.. too much of it and no precautions.

    hackers are good – they wont be called hackers if they are lame people using computers

  • Gary Gans Bru

    Excuse me, but do you really think that discussions of MOD handles and passwords with the very pictures inadvertently doesn’t add to the issue? Yes this was poor oversight but why don’t you just throw in our pass-codes for the entire British Arsenal?

    Lose lips bomb countries, you daft novice. STFU! 

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