Exclusive Hoppity-skippety technology commentator of all our hearts Stephen Fry has made a regrettable security blunder.
After filming in Oxford at the famous Bodleian Library yesterday, the enthusiastic luvvie was granted a reader's card – a rare privilege, as normally access to the archives is granted only to members of Oxford University (Fry went to Cambridge himself).
What's on Stephen Fry's reading list
"I'm now a reader! *faints at the honour and glory of it all* Thanks @BodleianLibs" tweeted the excited thespian. He even went so far as to post a photo of his new library card on his website to prove it.
Unfortunately, according to our informants, Fry neglected to change his password from the default setting. Naturally, various merry pranksters have since logged onto his library account and requested such works as:
Why women have Sex: Understanding Sexual motivation from Adventure to Revenge (and Everything in Between)
Frying tonight: The Saga of Fish & Chips
The Benefit of Farting Explain'd: or the Fundament-all cause of the Distempers incident to the Fair-sex: ... Wrote in Spanish, by Don Fartinando Puff-indorst, ... and translated into English, ... By Obadiah Fizzle
Goats: Homoeopathic Remedies
And of course a little known novel with the unusual title: Password Protected
All good clean fun, and certainly an illustration of why it may not be best, even as a confirmed Twit, to share absolutely every detail of your life with the whole wide world.
There's no point in everyone who knows the default password piling in now. Access to the account could also have given away some of Mr Fry's personal details, so we took the precaution of letting the Bodleian staff know about the situation before publishing this. They've changed the password and issued a new card.
Merry Xmas, Stephen, from the Reg and one of our readers. ®