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.
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
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