MoD 'How to stop leaks' guide leaks
Secret security manual no longer secret
A Ministry of Defence guide to preventing information leaking into the public domain has leaked into the public domain.
The three volume, 2,300 page book includes information on dealing with investigative journalists, foreign agents and computer hackers as well as how to deal with typical approaches from Chinese and Russian secret services.
The Defence Manual of Security was issued in October 2001 and is marked "Restricted". The three volumes, which appear in their entirety on Wikileaks, cover: protective security, personnel security and IT security.
The section on IT security warns: "The main threat to the compromise of protectively marked information on IT systems comes from authorized users who may, for whatever motive, disrupt the system or gain access to protectively marked information which they have no 'need to know'.
"There is also a threat from FIS [foreign intelligence services], which are likely to try to exploit any security weakness of which they become aware."
The manual also refers to Tempest certified equipment - hardware which is cleared for dealing with the most sensitive information.
The guide also explains the difference between threats from Chinese and Russian intelligence services: "Chinese intelligence activity is very different to the portrayal of `Moscow Rules' in the novels of John Le Carre."
The Chinese have "a voracious appetite for all kinds of information: political, military, commercial, scientific and technical".
Companies which employ local staff are warned that Chinese security services are likely to have briefed them and told them to copy all documents they have access to.
Wikileaks was last in the headlines for posting a copy of the UK's postcode directory.
There's more on the manual here. ®
How not to hide stuff...
@bolccg: "Can't recall the exact definition of what should be restricted but it's relatively trivial stuff"
I'm guessing when its Top Secret, they don't print "Top Secret!" in great big red letters all over it to draw everyones attention to it ... or at least I hope they are not that stupid! ... then again, I have my doubts!
Considering their past acts of astounding stupidity in the face of all reason, I would expect them to store Top Secret stuff on the floor, in an old torn floppy red cardboard box marked Top Secret under a bloody great red neon sign marked "Top Secret" that lights up like a fruit machine and plays "The Professionals" theme tune when anyone walks near it!
@"I wonder if..."
Excellent!! I haven't laughed so hard at something on the 'Net for quite a while now... especially your critique of LOTR.
Lucky my coffee is still downstairs waiting for me to go get it...
This is it.