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UK Secrets Go A-Wandering?

By pwhysall in News
Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 02:08:57 PM EST
Tags: Security (all tags)
Security

It looks like British secret service personnel can't keep off the sauce.

It turns out that the day before an MI5 agent had his laptop nicked at Paddington Station, an MI6 agent got blootered at a tapas bar in London, and left his 2000 laptop in the taxi on the way home.

The Register has the story here.


Although this is funny, it begs the question : why is sensitive information kept on eminently stealable laptops?

I know of one company which has two LANs - a secure LAN, and a "public" LAN. If you connect your laptop to the "secure" LAN, then the laptop isn't allowed to leave the building until the corporate spooks have examined it thoroughly to ensure you're not making off with trade secrets.

It's alarming that government agencies don't appear to be doing something similar.

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UK Secrets Go A-Wandering? | 7 comments (7 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
And in other news, "blootered" was ... (none / 0) (#1)
by rusty on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 07:36:41 AM EST

rusty voted 1 on this story.

And in other news, "blootered" was named "Brit Word of the Day" by the International Council of Colourful Words. :-)

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Re: And in other news, "blootered" was ... (none / 0) (#6)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 06:19:59 PM EST

what the hell does "blootered" mean? i'm a brit thru and thru but i've never heard it before! the person to my left says that if he were to drink 15 pints of quality ale, then he would be blootered too. he says it is a nice word.

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More on it here - how to protect yo... (none / 0) (#2)
by hattig on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 11:01:33 AM EST

hattig voted 1 on this story.

More on it here - how to protect your laptop, which makes the valid conclusion that the loss of data is more of a concern than the loss of the laptop!

How many of these stories are just ... (none / 0) (#4)
by dgfitch on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 11:36:08 AM EST

dgfitch voted 0 on this story.

How many of these stories are just fabricated looseners and how many are actual mistakes?

Hmm. Sounds like UK is having more ... (none / 0) (#3)
by pulsar on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 12:46:17 PM EST

pulsar voted 1 on this story.

Hmm. Sounds like UK is having more problems then the US. That's really too bad! Hopefully they can figure out how to "track" these stolen laptops. Then again what kind of idiot would keep sensitive information on a laptop in a public place? hmm...

I wonder if he was drinking martini... (none / 0) (#5)
by Teneo on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 02:08:57 PM EST

Teneo voted 1 on this story.

I wonder if he was drinking martinis. Shaken, not stirred, of course. --Teneo

Re: I wonder if he was drinking martini... (none / 0) (#7)
by Anonymous Hero on Wed Mar 29, 2000 at 06:22:13 PM EST

apparently the james bond films are not an accurate reflection of the insides of mi6. hardly surprising really, but a shame. i'm off to the millennium dome in a few weeks, but i won't be sliding down the roof of it. i'll tell you if i see anyone doing that. cheers.

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