Vulnerable children put at risk after memory stick lost

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

A newspaper in South Wales is reporting that an employee of Neath Port Talbot council has lost a memory stick containing confidential information about vulnerable children.

The council is refusing to comment on the incident until its investigations are complete, but an foster carer has told newspapers that the details stored on the USB drive could put the young children in danger.

The carer, who has chosen to remain anonymous, told the South Wales Evening Post that the children he cared for were “end-of-the-line kids… If the people around here knew about their backgrounds, I would probably get a brick through the window… In some cases if the information got out, it could put them at risk.”

Sadly, and somewhat predictably, there is once again no mention of encryption, which could clearly have…

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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.