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[ISN] Police terror trainers lose USB stick in street

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Sep 07 2010 - 05:25:13 GMT

By John E Dunn
06 September 10

The curse of the unencrypted memory stick has stuck Manchester Police,
which has suffered embarrassment as a drive containing apparently
sensitive information was found lying in the street.

The unsecured data on the drive related to training information on
coping with riots, violent suspects, and public disorder. According to
the Daily Star, the red top newspaper to which the drive was handed in
by a passer-by, some of the information has bearing on terrorism
training, including blast control, firearms handling and strategies for
dealing with petrol and bomb attacks.

Despite the newspaper describing the loss as ‘dumping terror secrets on
to the streets, much of the contents are what would be expected of the
Greater Manchester Police Police Training Unit (GMP POTU), whose
markings were on the drive.


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