[ISN] RAF officers face 'blackmail over missing vice files'

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Wed, 27 May 2009 00:02:05 -0500 (CDT)

By Thomas Harding, 
Defence Correspondent 
and Ben Leach
25 May 2009

The Ministry of Defence has admitted that files had been stolen, and 
more than 500 RAF staff have been warned of the possible consequences to 
them and their families after the unencrypted data - stored on three 
computer hard drives- went missing.

The extremely personal information had been given by servicemen for an 
in-depth vetting process to give them high security clearance.

An internal MoD memo admitted that some of the details on high-ranking 
officers would be "front page news" that could tarnish the reputation of 
the RAF.

The names of "third parties" in affairs could become public along with 
admissions of drug-taking, prostitute use and private medical 

An RAF source not affected by the loss said there was "considerable 
worry in the ranks" over the loss of data that could affect 
relationships or be used by others to compromise personnel.


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