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Secret Service probes 'immense' security breach

(London Telegraph) The US Secret Service has begun an investigation over an ‘immense’ security breach in which an employee left computer tapes on a metro train.

The worker was taking the sensitive material from the Secret Service HQ in Washington to an off-site facility but left them on the train when he got off.

The tapes contained backup case file information as well as extremely personal data about employees, including dates of birth and addresses.

Adding to the embarrassment is that the tapes had only “very basic encryption”, meaning that they could easily be hacked.