Database of top-secret police phone taps stolen

Database of top-secret police phone taps stolen
Database of top-secret police phone taps stolen 

By Ruth Elkins
12 August 2007

Police chiefs have launched a major investigation after the theft of a 
computer database containing thousands of top-secret mobile phone 
records from terrorism and organised crime investigations.

Scotland Yard is concerned that crucial evidence from undercover 
investigations could be lost forever or has found its way into "the 
wrong hands" after the computer and other IT equipment disappeared from 
a private firm in Sevenoaks, Kent, last Monday night after a break-in.

Forensic Telecommunications Services, whose clients include Scotland 
Yard, The Police Service of Northern Ireland, HM Revenue and Customs and 
the Crown Prosecution Service, specialises in tapping mobile phone calls 
made by criminal suspects. The stolen security-protected server 
contained the minutiae of phone calls it had screened, including the 
identity of the person who had made the call, as well as the exact time 
and location of the suspect when the call was made.

In a statement released to The Mail on Sunday, Forensic 
Telecommunications Services confirmed that the equipment had been stolen 
from its offices but denied that its disappearance would impact 
negatively on current police cases.

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