Brown's aide, Mata Hari and the BlackBerry
Gov caught sleeping on data security
One of Gordon Brown's senior advisers lost his BlackBerry on a recent trip to China after he was picked up by a woman in a disco.
Downing Street is insisting the device was lost rather than stolen, but the incident is bound to raise more questions about the government's inability to look after data.
The man was accompanying Brown and business leaders on the trip in January and was approached by the Chinese woman in a local disco and returned to his hotel room with her. The next morning he realised his BlackBerry was missing.
The aide, whose identity the Sunday Times is sportingly keeping secret was "informally reprimanded", which sounds like a lucky escape to us.
The US department of Homeland Security has warned visitors to China of the risk of cybersnooping, laptop hard drives being copied and spyware being put onto BlackBerrys.
But the Chinese woman was no true Mata Hari - if she were she would presumably have copied the BlackBerry's contents and returned it to the aide while he was still sleeping it off.
Downing Street said there was no compromise to security and mitigation measures have been taken. ®
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See the UF strip for Jul 25, 2008
Yes ot no
Has anyone got any confidance in this Labour governemnt to be able to complete any task within the laws of our land?
Seems since Brown took the rains anything is allowed as long as you can try to keep it stealth..
Shame everything completed in stealth by people swimming in brown stuff always comes out in the wash as headlines...
Come on Labour quit while you can stilkl try to save some face you are all imcompetent at running the country.
Can we now have Her Majesty back in charge she has more common sense in her head than you guys ever had as a party.
RE:The only actual story here is that a govt official pulled in China.
Free holiday in China (£399.00) - As long as you have a John Lewis gift certificate (£1000s per annum), prostitutes are fairly easy to pull anywhere in the world, esp. if you're talking into a free 'berry (£297.25 + replacement) at the time and pissed from all the free booze (£?).
Recession, what recession?