PDF redaction lapse

The military thought they redacted a PDF prior to posting it on the web and exposed names, training procedures and other sensitive information.

John Landwehr, Adobe's director of security solutions and strategies, examined the document Monday and suggested its censors ``simply put black rectangles over the text and did not delete any of the text itself from the documents. They were trying to do redaction with something not designed to do redaction.''

By simply opening the document in Adobe's free Acrobat Reader, hitting the ``select text'' button, copying and then pasting all the text into any word processor, readers can see what's buried beneath.

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