Nuclear Station Suffers USB Data Breach

Nuclear Station Suffers USB Data Breach
Nuclear Station Suffers USB Data Breach 

By Tom Jowitt
eWEEK Europe UK
October 19, 2010

The data breach threat posed by USB sticks has once again been exposed 
after nuclear processing company Sellafield began an investigation into 
the loss of a USB device, said to contain information about its business 

The USB device was found in a hotel room at the Ennerdale Country House 
Hotel in Cumbria by coach driver Craig Beavan.

The data was reportedly unencrypted and included details of a proposed 
workforce transfer and the benefits of the staff transfer, including 
lower costs and reduced liabilities. There was also information on the 
stick that suggested that the International Atomic Energy Agency 
technicians visiting the site were not sufficiently briefed on health 
and safety regulations.

Investigation Launched

Beavan said that he found the stick on the floor of his room at the 
hotel and then checked its contents on his computer to identify who it 
belonged to.


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