A right Royal data loss: Fergie’s laptop stolen

Graham Cluley

The Daily Telegraph is reporting that a laptop belonging to Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, has been stolen.

A thief broke into a photographic studio in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, where one of Fergie’s aides had taken the computer in order to have private snaps of the Duchess, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, and her former husband Prince Andrew downloaded and archived.

No doubt these photographs would have a commercial value – although it’s unlikely any British newspapers would get away with publishing them. But what is perhaps more potentially damaging is that it seems unlikely that the only data stored on the laptop was photographic.

Could there be archived email, passwords, address books, and other information on the laptop that – in the hands of an identity thief – could…

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.