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A laptop containing sensitive information was stolen as an official checked out of a Liverpool hotel, the Ministry of Defence has admitted. The theft from the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in Liverpool city centre on Thursday was disclosed by ministers in response to a Parliamentary question.
The 659th laptop to be stolen since 2004 was snatched by a thief when its owner put it down on the Adelphi hotel's floor while he checked out.
Defence Secretary Des Browne has today set out a package of stringent measures, reviews and investigations completed or underway to safeguard information held by the Ministry of Defence.
Originally posted by gekko
Is it just me, or is this weird? I could understand the occasional loss, but 659!? This sounds more organized than accidental to me.
Nick Lowe, northern Europe director at security supplier Check Point, said he doubted that many of the previous 658 laptops were protected by encryption.
“We don’t know if any of these devices or laptops were encrypted, but recent experience suggests that the majority were not. Even as recently as November 2007, only 48 percent of public and private sector companies had any data encryption software in use, according to a survey we conducted.”