Highest bid wins top secret data
THERE’S nothing special about buying a used camera on eBay – unless that camera was previously owned by a British spy and it still contained top secret data.
That’s what happened last year to a 28-year-old British delivery man who unwittingly purchased the names, fingerprints and photographs of suspected al-Qaeda terrorists from an MI6 agent who was apparently not familiar with a digital camera’s important “delete” button.
When the winning bidder downloaded holiday photos from his newly acquired Nikon, he discovered the previously clandestine contents – all of which he had bought for the bargainbasement price of $31 (about R170).
The breach in Britain’s national security led to an official investigation. The buyer and bidder have not been named. – Auctions Writer