Lost USB Stick...Secrets...Bus in Columbia....MI6 Agent....

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  1. British spy loses secrets in a handbag

    A BRITISH agent has thrown the war against drug traffickers into chaos by leaving top secret information about covert operations on a bus in South America.

    In a blunder that has cost taxpayers millions of pounds and put scores of lives at risk, the drugs liaison officer lost a computer memory stick said to contain a list of undercover agents’ names and details of more than five years of intelligence work.

    It happened when the MI6-trained agent left her handbag on a transit coach at El Dorado airport in Bogota, Colombia. Intelligence chiefs were forced to wind up operations and relocate dozens of agents and informants amid fears the device could fall into the hands of drugs barons.

    More at:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article6169077.ece
     
  2. Another triumph for SOCA!
     
  3. she was stoned!
     
  4. Did she only notice when she tried to insert a lipstick into a USB slot on her computer and realise she had them mixed up?
     
  5. This raises two issues:

    1. She is described as 'a bit daft and scatterbrained' so why was someone like this being posted to a position that obviously required a lot of common sense.

    2. Why oh why is it so easy any man and his dog to download secret and sensitive information onto a memory stick - everything we deliver to MoD has to have the USB ports disabled. If it is this easy, so much for the security of our medical records and ID card data (assuming it ever comes to fruition).
     
  6. YesItsMe

    YesItsMe LE Good Egg (charities)

    #1 Looks to me like a planned action to 'let it get lost'. Best way to do it like this.

    #2 Seconded!!!