The 2.5 gigabyte Heathrow security breach will certainly be discussed during UK Security Expo 2017
to be held at London's Olympia
on November 29th and 30th...
An astonishing lapse in UK national security has emerged this morning (October 29th) ironically exactly one month before a major Security Conference opens at Londons Olympia Exhibition and Conference Centre. which is tasked over two days with examining Global and UK security matters.
The Sunday Mirror newspaper is reporting, at length, that an unencrypted USB stick containing detailed London Heathrow Security Plans has been handed into the newspaper by an unemployed, homeless man who found it lying on a street. ....
This latest lapse comes as the current threat level is coded as 'severe' having been reduced from 'critical following the Parsons Green Tube fire bombing.
The unidentified male featured in the Sunday Mirror, then found a public access computer terminal in a local library, and out of curiosity plugged the USB stick into the computer.
Imagine his surprise when the USB stick fired up immediately as no password was required!
According to the Sunday Mirror it containing 76 UNENCRYPTED folders complete with maps, videos and documents. In all a massive 2.5GB of data.
The newspaper then spells out what was on the USB stick.
They claim the exact route H.M.The Queen takes when using Heathrow airport is shown, plus the detailed security measures taken to protect her and other members of the Royal family.
Security at Heathrow Airport is further compromised, as the Sunday Mirror says 'easy to access' files effectively disclose every type of identity card or pass needed – even those used by undercover police - and 'all areas' passes, giving full access to restricted areas.
It is also suggested that a detailed timetable of patrols and systems employed to protect the airport estate, against terrorist suicide bombers and other forms of terror related attacks are disclosed.
Helpfully maps pinpointing the location of CCTV cameras, plus a 'handy guide' to the a network of access tunnels and escape shafts linked to the Heathrow Express, are also on the unencrypted USB Stick.
'Rabbit runs' are detailed, covert routes designed to safeguard Cabinet ministers and foreign dignitaries as they traverse through Heathrow airport.
A 'state-of-the-art' ultrasound radar system which constantly scan runways, taxiways and many miles of airport perimeter fencing is also compromised.
This latest breach is one of many likely to be discussed by security chiefs at the forthcoming London Security Expo 2017 at the end of November.
The USB stick was found by a member of the public and handed to the Sunday Mirror.
Julian Bray broadcaster and aviation security expert is one of the specialist keynote speakers invited to address two conference sessions at a major security conference being held at Olympia, London at the end of November.
Julian Bray said he would be raising the issue during his own conference session on Aviation & Border Security "Aviation & Airline Operational Security Incidents - Facing up to Escalating International Threat Levels and the Enemy within…"
29 November 2017 at 16:10 hrs Olympia Theatre 2
Aviation & Border Security:
"Presenting a blueprint to cost efficiently vitalise, refresh, and quickly raise standards for national and local security operations and is it time to take a closer look at other industries which routinely perform secondary x-ray, luggage searches, entry scans, physical pat down checks and pass card validation?"
"Sadly many complex security high-level operations are routinely carried out by external consultants, on project specific contracts; rather than internal specialists to maintain continuity.
"Consultants (and others) may daily copy off 'data bursts' on to USB sticks so they can be worked on, either at their own off-site offices, at home, or used as an internal update (known as a cascade) for security-cleared colleagues.
"The use of a USB stick is deliberate as it bypasses the use of unsecure public email and computing cloud systems, many of which are based overseas.
"However using a USB stick carries with it a greatly enhanced duty of care, and usually people who employ this method will physically keep the stick with them at all times, usually on a secure neck lanyard, and not part with it.
"Clearly if it falls into the wrong hands this would be serious in regard to espionage and terror related events, as any alternative system intervention would take some time to activate, even if the breach had been discovered.
"Aviation security is constantly under review, Security services would not want this USB data leaked, sold to, or passed to any hostile parties or alternative pressure groups, however friendly..”
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