Europol red-faced as terror data appears online

2016-11-30 22:28
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The Hague - Europol admitted on Wednesday that confidential information on terror investigations were accidentally put online, as it launched a probe into what it called a "very serious incident."

Dutch investigative TV programme Zembla, which broke the story, said around 700 pages on terror investigations - particularly analysis on terror groups - appeared online, including the names and contact details of hundreds of people with terror links.

The breach happened after the woman, "an experienced police officer... uploaded Europol data to a private storage device... in clear contravention of Europol policy," said Europol spokesperson Gerald Hesztera.

 "A security investigation in co-ordination with the respective authorities at national level is ongoing...(but) current information suggests that the breach was not ill-intended," he said.

Assess impact

Hesztera said the sensitive material was around 10 years old and there was "no indication" that any current investigation had been compromised.

The woman has now left Europol, which has since firmly beefed up cyber security.

A similar security breach "would not happen today," Hesztera said.

It was unlikely the files had been seen by people who were under investigation, the possibility could not be excluded, said Hesztera.

Member states affected by the breach were also immediately informed and "Europol will continue to assess the impact of the data in question," Hesztera said.
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