[ISN] GCHQ staff lost 35 laptop computers, report says

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_private>
Date: Mon, 15 Mar 2010 00:24:20 -0600 (CST)

By Richard Norton-Taylor
11 March 2010

Staff at GCHQ, the government's electronic eavesdropping centre, mislaid 
35 laptops and it was not known whether the computers contained top 
secret information because of the agency's "haphazard" monitoring 
system, it emerged today.

The computer disappearances were revealed in the latest report by the 
parliamentary intelligence security committee (ISC), which also 
expressed concern about GCHQ's failure to meet the growing threat of 
cyber attacks, both state-sponsored and by Islamist terrorists.

Referring to the mislaid laptops, the report described GCHQ's attitude 
towards valuable and sensitive assets as "cavalier" and "unacceptable".

A GCHQ spokesperson today said there was no evidence that any of the 
material on the laptops had "got into wrong hands", but admitted: "Given 
the state of the records, there is no way of confirming that".


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