Feeds

FBI admits loss of ‘top secret’ laptop

Mulder and Scully on the case

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

The FBI is frantically hunting for a lost laptop containing top-secret (X?) files. The computer went missing from a conference room in the US State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research two months ago. The FBI still hasn't found the culprits responsible or recovered the machine, and yesterday said it had launched an investigation into the loss. Its search for possible suspects includes contractors employed to renovate the area, The Washington Post reported. An internal audit last year apparently found the Department allowed visitors, contractors and maintenance workers to roam the building unescorted. The missing laptop is believed to contain code-word data - a classification higher than top secret. Representative Benjamin Gilman (Republican, New York), Chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said he would hold hearings next month on allegations of lax security. "The missing laptop is the latest in a long string of security failures at the State Department," he said. "It is obvious that the Department lacks a professional environment that is sensitive to security concerns." Bureau officials speculated publicly that the thief may have taken the machine for its hardware value, and may not have been aware of its sensitive data contents. Of course he certainly is now. Earlier this month a machine was nicked from a top UK Army officer while he was queuing at Heathrow airport, with agents from both MI5 and MI6 suffering similar fates in March. ® Related stories Sneak thief steals secrets in MI5 laptop Second spy loses laptop Third secret-packed official notebook nicked

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
It may be ILLEGAL to run Heartbleed health checks – IT lawyer
Do the right thing, earn up to 10 years in clink
France bans managers from contacting workers outside business hours
«Email? Mais non ... il est plus tard que six heures du soir!»
Adrian Mole author Sue Townsend dies at 68
RIP Blighty's best-selling author of the 1980s
prev story

Whitepapers

Mainstay ROI - Does application security pay?
In this whitepaper learn how you and your enterprise might benefit from better software security.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.