US soldiers accidentally leaked nuclear info online

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US soldiers stationed at nuclear bases around Europe accidentally leaked nuclear information while using flashcard apps to remember long and complex security protocols. Bellingcat, the website investigating the accidental leak, reported on Friday.

Foeke Postma, a Bellingcat researcher, wrote “the soldiers used study apps such as Chegg, Cram, and Quizlet to create flashcards where they stored information about bases in Europe where US nuclear weapons were likely located, secret codes, passwords, and other details about security. It appears that they forgot to set the settings for the apps to “private,” so that their usernames and photos were public-facing, and since some soldiers used the same photos as they had on their LinkedIn profiles it would not have been difficult to connect them to the nuclear information” as reported by The Verge.

Why the unsecured study apps were used by the US soldiers to remember security information isn’t clear yet. Weeks before publishing his report, Postma contacted the US Department of Defence, NATO, and European command. The Flashcard with the information has been taken down since.

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