Secret defence documents lost to foreign intelligence

By on
Secret defence documents lost to foreign intelligence

Encrypted USB stick lost at airport.

Secret documents of Australia's most senior commander in the Middle East were stolen by a foreign intelligence service when an encrypted USB drive went missing last year.

A report obtained under freedom of information by Fairfax revealed the drive contained Lotus Notes documents of Major-General John Cantwell and was likely stolen during transit through Kuwait.

The drive was stored in an aide's backpack - contrary to protocol - and was thought lost when a large amount of luggage went missing for several days from Islamabad airport.

The Defence Security Authority said the information was likely in the hands of a foreign intelligence service.

The aide was not disciplined, Defence said.

The report into the loss found officers lacked understanding of "collection activities" of foreign intelligence agencies in the region.

It did not say what level of encryption was used to protect the drive.

In March, the Department of Defence lost an unencrypted USB drive containing unclassified information on a Qantas flight.

The drive was reportedly discovered by an announcer for radio station 2GB.

Copyright © SC Magazine, Australia

Tags:

Most Read Articles

You must be a registered member of iTnews to post a comment.
| Register

Poll

New Windows 10 users, are you upgrading from...
Windows 8
Windows 7
Windows XP
Another operating system
Windows Vista
How should the costs of Australia's piracy scheme be split?
Rights holders should foot the whole bill
50/50
ISPs should foot the whole bill
Government should chip in a bit
Other
View poll archive

Whitepapers from our sponsors

What will the stadium of the future look like?
What will the stadium of the future look like?
New technology adoption is pushing enterprise networks to breaking point
New technology adoption is pushing enterprise networks to breaking point
Gartner names IBM a 'Leader' for Disaster Recovery as a Service
Gartner names IBM a 'Leader' for Disaster Recovery as a Service
The next era of business continuity: Are you ready for an always-on world?
The next era of business continuity: Are you ready for an always-on world?

Log In

Username:
Password:
|  Forgot your password?