spy silhouette Swiss spy agency warns of major data leak

Switzerland's intelligence agency, the NDB, has warned of a massive data theft by one of its technicians, which has put top secret information on counter-terrorism from multiple world governments at risk.

Switzerland's intelligence agency, the NDB, has warned of a massive data theft by one of its technicians, which has put top secret information on counter-terrorism from multiple world governments at risk.

 
An anonymous source reported to Reuters that Swiss authorities have alerted intelligence agencies in the US and UK, including the CIA and MI6, that they were among a number of countries whose sensitive security information may have been exposed.
 
The disgruntled employee, who allegedly felt he was not being taken seriously at work, was arrested during the Summer after acting suspiciously, but was released pending further investigation. It is believed he intended to sell the data to foreign governments or other commercial buyers.
 
spy silhouette Swiss spy agency warns of major data leak
 
Reports suggest that the man, whose name has not been released, downloaded terabytes of data, numbering potentially millions of pages, onto portable hard drives and simply walked out of government buildings with them in a backpack, highlighting the obvious lack of security in place.
 
The man worked for the NDB for eight years and was described as being very talented. He was a senior technician with administrator rights, which gave him unrestricted access to the spy agency's servers. He apparently did not show up for work on a number of occasions, but alarm bells were only rung when a bank copped onto a suspicious attempt to set up a new bank account.
 
The hard drives were seized in the arrest, and the NDB believes it managed to step in before any sale of the data was arranged. However, one source said that the agency could not be certain that any of the information was not handed on to another party. National spy agencies around the world have thus been notified as a precaution.
 
Source: Reuters
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