Heathrow Air­port se­cu­rity USB on Queen found on street


AUSB stick con­tain­ing con­fi­den­tial de­tails about Heathrow se­cu­rity— in­clud­ing the route the Queen takes when fly­ing — has been found in a Lon­don street. Bri­tain’s big­gest air­port has launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the leak amid fears data on the de­vice could have been shared on the dark web, re­ports The Sun.

The shock­ing leak was re­vealed by the Sun­day Mir­ror, which re­ports that the mem­ory stick con­tained maps, videos and doc­u­ments at a time when the UK ter­ror threat is at se­vere.

Files are said to have re­vealed the route the queen takes when us­ing the air­port, as well as the ex­tra se­cu­rity put in place to keep her safe, timeta­bles of guards’ pa­trols and the ID needed to ac­cess re­stricted ar­eas. The routes used by cabi­net min­is­ters and de­tails of radar sys­tems used to mon­i­tor run­ways and se­cu­rity fences were also re­port­edly on the 2.5GB de­vice — with some doc­u­ments marked ‘con­fi­den­tial’ or ‘re­stricted’.

It also con­tained maps show­ing the lo­ca­tion of CCTV cam­eras around the air­port as well as tun­nels and shafts used for the Heathrow Ex­press. The Sun­day Mir­ror has said that the USB drive was not pass­word pro­tected and doc­u­ments not en­crypted.

It was re­port­edly found on by a mem­ber of the pub­lic amongst leaves in Il­bert Street, West Lon­don, with cops work­ing with air­port chiefs to dis­cover how the de­vice came to be there. The man got cu­ri­ous and so a few days later opened it on a li­brary com­puter to have a look at its con­tents while he was us­ing the ma­chine to search for work. There are con­cerns the data could al­ready have been shared on the dark web, used by crim­i­nals and ter­ror­ists to pur­chase in­for­ma­tion.

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