The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has chalked up another lost laptop, this time left in the back of a taxi, bringing the total number of 'misplaced' laptops containing sensitive information to over 200 since 1997.
The machine, a Dell Latitude reportedly containing information on weapons systems, was apparently left in the back of a taxi during an intelligence agent's journey from Waterloo to Roehampton.
The news echoes two similar incidents this time last year, when a Government agent left a laptop behind in a tapas bar, and another was left in a cab.
As a result, the MoD has said that it will equip laptop using (or losing) agents with thief proof briefcases costing around £1000 each.
The special cases only open when the proper code is entered, so let's hope that Britain's finest can remember the correct number. Forced entry will cause a self destruct mechanism in the laptop to corrupt any information on the hard drive.
The bomb proof, waterproof cases also feature GPRS tracking equipment, making it easier for the intelligence agency to follow that taxi.
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