Fear of blackmail after RAF loses sensitive personal data

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Highly personal information about senior officers of the Royal Air Force (RAF) – including details of extra-marital affairs, debt, drug abuse, and the use of prostitutes – is alleged to be amongst the data lost from a base in Innsworth, Gloucestershire.

When I originally reported on the stolen USB drives last September, it was suggested that the information stolen had been names, service numbers, addresses and dates of birth.

Now it seems secrets of a much more sensitive nature were also lost.

Why does the RAF have such information? Because before staff are allowed access to highly sensitive information they are put through a gruelling vetting procedure – to see if they have any skeletons in their cupboards which others may use for blackmail purposes.

A former serving officer in the RAF, who uncovered the memo after reportedly worrying about his own data being…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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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.