Feeds

Web site names UK spies

Lives put at risk as moles’ details splashed over Net

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

British spies’ lives were put in danger today after their true identities were splashed over the Web. A US-based Web site publicly identified agents working for the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), the nation’s overseas intelligence gathering arm, formerly MI6. Government officials were swift to open an investigation, threatening to remove the information or shut the site down. Editors were this afternoon urged not to publish the URL or the list of names published on it. Rear Admiral David Pulvertaft, defence advisory notice secretary at Whitehall, said: "Such action could put lives at risk." He added: "How the information was obtained is also very worrying." It is unclear if today’s disclosure is related to a similar incident last week, where ex-spy Richard Tomlinson also threatened to publicly reveal Britain’s top moles. The government managed to secure a court injunction on that occasion and closed down his Web site. Former MI6 agent Tomlinson wanted to reveal MI6 names and office locations in revenge for what he saw as an infringement on his freedom. The situation raises fears over the abuse of cyberspace, where publication is generally free and without worry from censorship. ® Click here to email Linda Harrison

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
Mozilla's 'Tiles' ads debut in new Firefox nightlies
You can try turning them off and on again
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Kaspersky backpedals on 'done nothing wrong, nothing to fear' blather
Founder (and internet passport fan) now says privacy is precious
Banking apps: Handy, can grab all your money... and RIDDLED with coding flaws
Yep, that one place you'd hoped you wouldn't find 'em
TROLL SLAYER Google grabs $1.3 MEEELLION in patent counter-suit
Chocolate Factory hits back at firm for suing customers
Primetime precrime? Minority Report TV series 'being developed'
I have to know. I have to find out what happened to my life
Ex-IBM CEO John Akers dies at 79
An era disrupted by the advent of the PC
prev story

Whitepapers

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup
Learn why inSync received the highest overall rating from Druva and is the top choice for the mobile workforce.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.