[ISN] Australian Senator Pursues Case Of The Missing Laptops

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Date: Thu Jan 17 2002 - 02:05:55 PST

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    By Staff, Computer Daily News
    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.
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