Thieves steal police-data server

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

TOPICS: Security

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."

Sentry Posts Blog

Sentry Posts Blog

Guarding the network

What you need to know — and what you and your peers have to tell us — about security management in our new community group blog

Read more

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.

Topic: Security


Colin Barker is based in London and is Senior Reporter for ZDNet. He has been writing about the IT business for some 30-plus years. He still enjoys it.

Kick off your day with ZDNet's daily email newsletter. It's the freshest tech news and opinion, served hot. Get it.


Log in or register to start the discussion