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Re: [ISN] Stolen Computer Search
From: InfoSec News (isnc4i.org)
Date: Fri Oct 17 2003 - 02:12:23 CDT
Forwarded from: Russell Coker <russellcoker.com.au>
On Thu, 16 Oct 2003 16:24, InfoSec News wrote:
> good cash for it at a pawnshop. Police and FBI agents swarmed into
> the Embassy Suites hotel on Bartram Avenue near the airport shortly
> after the theft. Lockheed Martin under contract to the
> Transportation Security Administration was conducting a training
> seminar for 25 new screeners hired at Philadelphia International.
> The instructor was using a laptop computer to project security
> procedures onto a large projection screen. Around noon the group
> broke for lunch leaving the computer behind.
To summarise, someone had a computer with information so critical that
FBI needed to respond in such a rapid manner. They displayed ALL the
material in question to 25 people, then left the computer totally
unguarded while having lunch.
Is the responsible person being facing charges of criminal negligence?
I protect my laptop much better than that. I never leave it in
offices, and when staying in a hotel I leave it under my bed when I
sleep. Yet my laptop has no such critical information, all it has is
my email (and the important stuff is encrypted).
> If there's a piece of equipment missing, that's one piece of
> equipment, however they are restraining 50 people, that means they
> have 49 innocent people."
No. That means that they have AT LEAST 49 innocent people. Let's not
assume that grabbing the nearest 50 people gets the thief.
> Meantime questions were raised as to why a computer with sensitive
> information about security at the nation's airport would be left
> behind at a conference during a lunch break. A TSA spokesman says
> the instructor had locked the door but didn't realize there was a
> back door that had been left unlocked. Authorities seem to think
> whoever took it works in the hotel.
Even if all doors were locked that would not do any good. Hotel
employees have access to all the keys, therefore locking the door will
not keep them out. Also if the thief was not an employee, a locked
door still is no guarantee, on a few occasions in hotels I often
observe cleaners leaving doors unlocked for long enough for a quick
thief. Also there have been several occasions when I have returned to
my hotel room to find it being cleaned and said "my room is clean
enough thanks" and had the cleaner leave without checking my identity!
Finally, no-one ever seems to check ID when someone claims to have
locked their keys in their room.
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