Defence reclaims USB stick from shock jock

Defence reclaims USB stick from shock jock

Summary: Defence has reclaimed a USB thumb drive in possession by a Sydney radio shock jock that was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.

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in brief The Department of Defence has reclaimed a USB thumb drive in possession by a Sydney radio shock jock that was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.

2GB Afternoons host Chris Smith broadcast on his 10 March show that he had come into possession of a USB thumb drive that allegedly contained classified Department of Defence information. Defence collected the USB stick from Smith that day, and said in a statement that the owner is a former Defence member who is now contracted to the department.

The department said the information contained on the stick was not highly classified, with some of it available on the internet freely. However, it said it was treating the matter seriously and had launched an investigation into the incident.

Smith posted photos on the 2GB website portraying him officially handing back the USB stick to a Defence officer.

Topics: Government, Government AU, Security

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  • was it a 2gb usb drive? lol *yes another dad joke here*
    p16
  • The same goes for business as it does defence: One of the weakest security points is airports. Once people get into airport lounges it is amazing how much they will openly (and sometimes loudly) discuss for others to hear. Similarly, I've seen many a laptop openly displaying information that should not be available to others.

    If I were a 'bad guy' I'd definitely be stalking airport lounges to gather data...it's mind boggling how much information is there for the taking. More importantly, it doesn't require any clever IT, you simply sit, listen, and watch.

    It's critical to warn all staff about the use of business materials when in airports and their lounges.
    Scott W-ef9ad