USB stick with anti-terror training found outside police station
A memory stick containing anti-terror training manuals and other sensitive material was reportedly found on a street outside a Manchester police station.
The Greater Manchester Police-branded stick, which also held personnel files, was found by an unnamed businessman outside a cop shop in Stalybridge, Greater Manchester, the Daily Star on Sunday reports.
The device was branded with the GMP POTU initials of the Greater Manchester Police Public Order Training Unit and contained 2,000 files including some produced by the National Police Improvement Agency about counter-terrorism tactics. Names and ranks of officers were also found on the reportedly unencrypted device after its finder plugged it into his PC.
Superintendent Bryan Lawton, of GMP's Specialist Operations Branch, told the Press Association: "We are aware of an article relating to the finding of a memory stick belonging to GMP by a member of the public.
"We are currently looking into who this device belongs to, what information is contained on it and the circumstances surrounding its loss."
Data security firm Check Point said the incident emphasises the wider problem of poor portable data storage practices among many corporates.
Terry Greer-King, Check Point’s UK managing director, said: “This incident shows yet again why data on USB drives must always be encrypted. Guidelines to staff, and security policies don’t stop devices being lost or misplaced, and these simple accidents and human errors will turn into real problems if data isn’t protected.
“Companies should ensure all data copied to USB sticks and CDs is automatically encrypted, and the use of all non-authorised devices controlled." ®
Isn't it about time
we gave up on this circus? I mean the current bunch of "terrorists" are pretty amateurish (with two noticeable exceptions) compared to the IRA or ETA. Let's stop poking the middle east problem areas with a big stick and most of them will gradually go away. We seem to be more at risk from our own police these days than any real terrorists.
While I was working in areas where the IRA were bombing we had the attitude of "carry on as normal and don't let them change our way of life, we won't let them win", nowadays we seem to love to live in fear and suspicion. And, before anyone asks, I was close enough to hear the bombs go off and have had to enter buildings where we thought there might be bombs, I walked past a house where the IRA were placing a car bomb (unbeknownst to me until the next day)... I know I wasn't the only one with these kind of experiences. No, I don't consider myself particularly brave, that's just how it was.
i imagine it just says "if they got a tan and a funny accent ***, beat them up then bill the tax payer"
***You missed out "or camera".
Wouldnt worry about it
Its not like our police force are actually any good at anti terror training is it.
i imagine it just says "if they got a tan and a funny accent, beat them up then bill the tax payer"