Feeds

Whitehall laptop theft prompts security concerns

Man charged

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

3 Big data security analytics techniques

A London man has been charged with stealing a government laptop in a case that prompts renewed concerns about the security of government computers.

Laurence Alleyne, 39, of Wood Green, London, was charged with theft of a laptop from Whitehall in an appearance at Bow Street Magistrates court this morning. Alleyne works as an assistant facilities manager in government.

A Scotland Yard spokeswoman said that Alleyne is charged with a single count of theft; however at least two other laptops were nicked from the Cabinet Office earlier this week.

A Cabinet Office spokeswoman told us three laptops were stolen from the Cabinet Office on Monday. "None of the laptops contained sensitive information," she added.

The theft of Cabinet Office computers follows a string of embarrassing thefts from government agencies - including the security services - in recent years.

In March 2000, a laptop was pinched from under the nose of an MI5 agent when he put in down to pay for a ticket at a London's Paddington train station. Days later an MI6 agent lost his computer when he left it in a cab during a pub crawl. The laptop was later recovered but not until after a major security flap.

In January last year the Ministry of Defence admitted that it was unable to account for 594 laptops, which has been either misplaced or stolen from the sensitive government department over the last five years. ®

Related Stories

UK Government aims to track laptop theft via ID chips
Ministry of Defence loses 594 laptops
Third secret-packed official notebook nicked
Second spy loses laptop
Sneak thief steals state secrets in MI5 laptop
US State Department shakeup over missing laptop
FBI 'loses' hundreds of laptops and guns

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Obama allows NSA to exploit 0-days: report
If the spooks say they need it, they get it
Samsung Galaxy S5 fingerprint scanner hacked in just 4 DAYS
Sammy's newbie cooked slower than iPhone, also costs more to build
Putin tells Snowden: Russia conducts no US-style mass surveillance
Gov't is too broke for that, Russian prez says
Snowden-inspired crypto-email service Lavaboom launches
German service pays tribute to Lavabit
Mounties always get their man: Heartbleed 'hacker', 19, CUFFED
Canadian teen accused of raiding tax computers using OpenSSL bug
One year on: diplomatic fail as Chinese APT gangs get back to work
Mandiant says past 12 months shows Beijing won't call off its hackers
Heartbleed exploit, inoculation, both released
File under 'this is going to hurt you more than it hurts me'
Reddit users discover iOS malware threat
'Unflod Baby Panda' looks to snatch Apple IDs
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
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.
Top three mobile application threats
Learn about three of the top mobile application security threats facing businesses today and recommendations on how to mitigate the risk.
Combat fraud and increase customer satisfaction
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.