Danger! UXB details lost on USB

Graham Cluley

Associated Press is reporting that a soldier has been convicted of negligence by a Swedish court, and fined 21,000 kronor (£1735) for losing a USB memory stick containing details of unexploded bombs in Afghanistan.

The 31-year-old soldier admitted leaving the USB flash drive, which contained classified information he had collected while serving as a peacekeeper in Afghanistan in 2006, in a Stockholm university computer. The data should have been handed back to authorities at the end of his mission, but the device was clearly still being used two years later.

The news comes at the same time as reports indicate that the US Army is cracking down on the use of USB storage devices. According to Wired,…

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.