Dead men tell no passwords

Thursday, 6 June 2002, 10:29 AM EST

The problem started when the technician responsible for the archives at Norway's National Center of Language and Culture never divulged the password before he died a few years ago.

Since then, employees at the center have been unable to access some of the password-protected archives that contain data on a collection of thousands of documents and books. A national database that allowed researchers access to those documents is also partly inaccessible.

So center director Ottar Grepstad sent out an appeal Tuesday on a national radio broadcast, asking for hackers to help crack into the system and discover the programmer's password.

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