By Richard Norton-Taylor
11 March 2010
Staff at GCHQ, the government's electronic eavesdropping centre, mislaid
35 laptops and it was not known whether the computers contained top
secret information because of the agency's "haphazard" monitoring
system, it emerged today.
The computer disappearances were revealed in the latest report by the
parliamentary intelligence security committee (ISC), which also
expressed concern about GCHQ's failure to meet the growing threat of
cyber attacks, both state-sponsored and by Islamist terrorists.
Referring to the mislaid laptops, the report described GCHQ's attitude
towards valuable and sensitive assets as "cavalier" and "unacceptable".
A GCHQ spokesperson today said there was no evidence that any of the
material on the laptops had "got into wrong hands", but admitted: "Given
the state of the records, there is no way of confirming that".
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