Wednesday, April 8, 2009

You Can't Account for Human Error

You can take all sorts of security precautions to protect sensitive material, but sometimes it is difficult to account for a simple human error. According to the Mail Online, Britain's "most senior counter-terrorism police officer," Bob Quick, accidentally compromised ongoing operations, necessitating a series of raids to arrest suspects earlier than planned. What did Quick do?

On his way to a meeting with the prime minister, he got out of his car with a sensitive document in full view of security cameras. Anyone viewing the camera feed could read it. According to the Mail, the document

included the names of several senior officers, locations and details about the nature of the overseas threat.

It's a bizarre incident that demonstrates just how easily leaks can occur.

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