Thieves steal police-data server

Summary:A server used by a company working with the police to track the movements of terrorism suspects has been stolen from private offices in Kent

One of the private companies which helps police use mobile-phone networks to track terror suspects confirmed on Saturday that a server had been stolen from its office in Sevenoaks, Kent.

According to police, the data stored on the stolen server was of little value. The company involved, Forensic Telecommunication Services (FTS), argues that the data was encrypted. 

"In the unlikely event that the server was accessed, none of the data stored on the server in any way compromises ongoing police operations," FTS said in a statement sent to The Mail on Sunday. "The information is made up of either old cases that have passed through the judicial process, or cases that are already in the judicial system and so subject to full disclosure to both defence and prosecution teams."

But shadow home secretary David Davis told The Mail on Sunday that the government considered the case to be "extremely serious".

Such is the sheer volume of forensic computing work undertaken these days that FTS is only one of many companies employed by the government, police forces, private companies and various other public bodies to undertake this work.

Topics: Security


Colin has been a computer journalist for some 30 years having started in the business the same year that the IBM PC was launched, although the first piece he wrote was about computer audit. He was at one time editor of Computing magazine in London and prior to that held a number of editing jobs, including time spent at the late DEC Compu... Full Bio

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