Coursey: PDF/military fiasco was 'avoidable'

Summary:Indeed it was.  Earlier this week, the misuse of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) to publish the Pentagon's findings in the death of an Italian intelligence agent resulted in the inadvertent release of classified military information.

Indeed it was.  Earlier this week, the misuse of Adobe's Portable Document Format (PDF) to publish the Pentagon's findings in the death of an Italian intelligence agent resulted in the inadvertent release of classified military information.  Now, David Coursey is reporting that the mistake could have easily been avoided had the person who published the report been aware of the software's limitations, and, as a result of that, opted to use a product that Adobe recommends for just such situations (Appligent's Redax).  Said an Adobe spokesperson in response to Coursey's inquiry on the matter, "We don't market or sell Acrobat as a redaction tool."

Topics: Software Development

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