USB keys dis­ap­pear, one found in down­town Ot­tawa


A USB key handed out to an em­ployee in the fed­eral depart­ment tasked with help­ing Cana­dian com­pa­nies com­pete for do­mes­tic and for­eign se­cu­rity con­tracts van­ished early in 2013. Till date they have not been able to find out where the USB key ended up.

An­other USB key that was nei­ther pass­word pro­tected nor en­crypted was found on a down­town Ot­tawa side­walk by a Good Sa­mar­i­tan. It con­tained pro­tected in­for­ma­tion — al­beit out of date de­tails — of a fed­eral project.

The two in­stances are among dozens of se­cu­rity in­ci­dents logged by Pub­lic Works and Govern­ment Ser­vices Canada over the last year in the cap­i­tal, which has the largest slice pro­por­tion­ally of pub­lic ser­vants in the coun­try. The USB key losses are two of four in­ves­ti­gated in 2013 by Pub­lic Works.

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