June 18, 2008

Another Security Problem for Labor Govt.

A personal computer was stolen during a break-in at the district office of British Communities Secretary Hazel Blears.

A spokesman said the computer contained some information about Blears' constituency and her department but no sensitive personal data, the Daily Mail reported. But the break-in was only the latest in a string of government security problems.

In separate incidents a day apart last week, documents on al-Qaida and Iraq, and on government efforts to go after money laundering to thwart terrorists and drug traffickers were left on commuter trains.

A spokesman said Prime Minister Gordon Brown had told members of his Cabinet that they have to be security conscious.

The Blears spokesman said the computer was stolen Saturday by someone who entered the office in Salford by breaking a window. The thief triggered an alarm and security officers arrived almost immediately, although too late to recover the computer or catch the thief.