http://www.newsbytes.com/news/02/173714.html By Staff, Computer Daily News CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA, 16 Jan 2002, 9:45 PM CST Australia' Opposition Labor Party has vowed to keep up its pursuit of bureaucrats over missing laptop computers, said to have either been stolen or lost. Senator Kate Lundy, Labor's shadow minister for information technology, on Wednesday told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio news service the Opposition knows of 542 laptops lost or stolen from federal departments in the last year. At around 4,000 Australian dollars ($2,054) each, this amounts to a tidy 2 million Australian dollars ($1.03 million) or so. It's not only the replacement value of the laptops that worries Lundy but the value of the information on the computers when they disappear. "How do you place a value on classified information from Defence, or Prime Minister and Cabinet? We know there was some Cabinet-in-confidence material missing at one point," she said. A government spokesperson advised Kate not to fret: all confidential information is encrypted and should not be able to be retrieved from a stolen computer, he said reassuringly. So the nation's secrets may be safe after all. Exchange Rate: $1 = 1.95 Australian dollars - ISN is currently hosted by Attrition.org To unsubscribe email majordomoat_private with 'unsubscribe isn' in the BODY of the mail.
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