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In a breach of its own security the MoD was left embarrassed after its advice on keeping information out of the hands of Russian and Chinese spies, investigative journalists and “curious members of the public” was posted online.
The Defence Manual of Security describes methods of countering the threat from "subversive or terrorist organisations" and investigative journalists.
It comes as the latest figures show almost 700 MoD laptops and 200 memory sticks have been lost or stolen in the past four years with the most recent containing personal details of 600,000 military recruits.