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[Dataloss] fringe: Classified Hong Kong "watch-list" leaked on internet

From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon May 12 2008 - 04:31:05 CDT

[The term "travel document information" is vague. If this meant passport
  information, this would qualify for inclusion in DLDOS for example. - jericho]

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From: InfoSec News <alertsinfosecnews.org>


By Sahil Nagpal
May 9th, 2008

Hong Kong - A government investigation was underway Friday after it was
revealed that confidential files from the Immigration Department had been
mistakenly leaked on to the internet.

The list, which contained a list of the names of people for officers to
watch, plus travel document information and travel records, has been
available on the internet since Monday through a file-sharing programme
called "Foxy."

The blunder occurred after a newly-recruited immigration officer working
at the Lok Ma Chau border point took home some old classified files to
study without authorisation.


Earlier this week, banking giant HSBC was forced to apologise to customers
after it admitted it had lost the data of 159,000 accounts from a Hong
Kong branch.

The data was held on a internet server which is understood to have gong
missing in April from the Kwun Tong branch of the bank while it was
undergoing renovation last month.


In one case, a USB flashdrive containing the files of 10,000 patients from
the Prince of Wales Hospital was lost after a hospital worker who was
transferring the data left it in a taxi.

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