reports that Twenty desktop computers are missing from the US government department responsible for
safeguarding technical secrets about nuclear weapons.
According to a
recent audit by the Energy Department inspector general, 14 of the PCs were
used to process classified information. The audit also found the department was
using computers not listed in its inventory and one listed as
“destroyed”, the New York Times
there is this report from eGov Monitor – Most computers stolen from the Home
Office, show Government statistics
government departments have reported to have suffered at least 150 cases of
computer theft in the last six months, according to official figures.
The Home Office
alone recorded 95 incidents of computer items being stolen between January and
June 2005 – equivalent to a theft taking place in the Department every other
day. By comparison, the Ministry of Defence reported 23 computer thefts to date
in 2005, down from a total of 153 in the previous year.
this report from Dec 06 – More than 100 million US individuals have had personal information
stolen since early 2005, according to an overview published by the Privacy
Rights Clearinghouse (PRC). The counter passed the 100 million mark on
Wednesday when Boeing admitted that it had lost a laptop containing
confidential information including social security numbers for 382,000 current
and former employees.
there could be some excellent security devices somewhere to be had to reduce
these amazing losses.
recall our Home Secretary saying that RFID would secure us all from theft and
me, then I remembered reading somewhere that the Government apparently does not
think that RFID security is good enough to place chips on its own equipment.
Big Brother says – Do as we say, not as we do