21 July 2008
One laptop is lost every two days by the Ministry of Defence (MoD) with
659 reported stolen and 89 lost by the department in the past four
The 659th stolen laptop belonging to an MoD official and containing
sensitive information was taken from the Britannia Adelphi Hotel in
Liverpool on Thursday.
An MoD spokesman said the laptop was encrypted and Merseyside Police
were investigating the theft.
Last week defence secretary Des Browne issued revised laptop figures
after "anomalies in the reporting process" were discovered.
He confirmed that 658 laptops had been stolen and 89 lost since 2004,
almost double the previous figure released by the MoD. Only 32 have been
recovered. The latest theft brings the total number of computers lost by
the MoD in the past four years to 748,
The ministry also revealed last week that 121 of its USB memory sticks
have been either lost or stolen since 2004.
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