Computer systems at the Ministry of Defence (MoD) have been hacked 27 times since 1999, and nearly 600 laptops have gone missing. All the hacking was carried out by insiders, according to the MoD.
Nearly 1400 laptops have vanished from government departments over the last five years, according to figures gathered by Liberal Democrat MP Paul Burstow, including 594 from the MoD, 419 from the Department for Work and Pensions and 115 from the Department for International Development.
In December, vnunet.com exclusively revealed that government departments were hacked five times in 2001.
The Lord Chancellor's Department, the Northern Ireland Office and the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs were all victims of internal and external hackers last year. All the departments claimed that no sensitive data was stolen.
But a report published recently by the Office of the e-Envoy has warned that organised crime, foreign agents, terrorists and disgruntled employees will all threaten the security of e-government systems in future.
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