Government minister dumps documents in park bins

Graham Cluley
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Cabinet minister Oliver Letwin has got himself into hot water, after a British newspaper exposed he was in the habit of dumping private correspondence and sensitive documents detailing Al-Qaeda activities and secret service operations into park bins near Downing Street.

The Daily Mirror reported that some of the documents dumped by Letwin in St James’s Park, Westminster, close to Downing Street, contained the personal details of the minister’s constituents, including names, phone numbers, email contacts and postal addresses.

One discarded file was reported to carry the advisory:

“UK Parliament Disclaimer: This email is confidential to the intended recipient. If you have received it in error, please notify the…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the cybersecurity 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 analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

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