Dutch Queen’s phone number exposed on net via WikiLeaks

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

The release of WikiLeaks’ unredacted haul of 250,000 secret US diplomatic cables has thrown up an unusual victim: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands.

Although unlikely to be the most harmful, the personal phone number of the 73-year-old Dutch monarch is just one of many pieces of information which probably would have been better not published on the internet.

(Note: I’ve blurred out the phone numbers in the image below)

Queen Beatrix, we are told, speaks good English. Well, that’s true for just about everybody I’ve ever encountered from the Netherlands.

Amongst those to have had their contact details exposed alongside the Dutch Queen include former Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende, foreign minister Ben Bot and Defense minister Henk Kamp.

Hopefully prank calls are the the worst scenario which might emerge from from these phone numbers reaching the public domain – but it’s an important reminder that it’s not just whistleblowers and secret informants who might find…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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