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A highly confidential Home Office disk was found hidden in a laptop computer sold on eBay.

The CD was found between the keyboard and circuit board of the laptop by computer repair technicians in Westhoughton, near Bolton.

Technicians at the shop called police who sent around anti-terrorist officers to confiscate the machine, which had been bought in good faith.

The Home Office said investigations were under way into the incident.

The laptop had been taken into the Leapfrog Computers store by a customer who bought it on the internet auction site.

When engineers took off the keyboard they found a CD marked "Home Office - highly confidential".

source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/e...er/7269965.stm
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Okay... And wth is Home office ?
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Okay... And wth is Home office ?
From what ive read, something bad
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Terrorist's are transporting super viruses via laptops?

(That was my interpretation)
    
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From what ive read, something bad
Its a government depeartment, anti-terrorism and drugs mainly...
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The Home Office is like the UK's version of the Dept. of Homeland Security.
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O, lol. I was thinking it was a version of MS office or someone's "personal" business info.

What I don't get is whoever the laptop was sold to should have known where the disc was. Plus, who would ever name a stolen confidential disc as "confidential". You should give it a non-conspicuous name like "vacation pictures".
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Originally Posted by bruestle2 View Post
O, lol. I was thinking it was a version of MS office or someone's "personal" business info.

What I don't get is whoever the laptop was sold to should have known where the disc was. Plus, who would ever name a stolen confidential disc as "confidential". You should give it a non-conspicuous name like "vacation pictures".
If it's really confidential then the employees would be required to label it as such so that they wouldn't be able to take it home as I would suppose they pocket search them.
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O, lol. I was thinking it was a version of MS office or someone's "personal" business info.

What I don't get is whoever the laptop was sold to should have known where the disc was. Plus, who would ever name a stolen confidential disc as "confidential". You should give it a non-conspicuous name like "vacation pictures".
lol, highly confidential means the bank details, names and addresses of almost everyone on child benefits (welfare) were on the discs. Gordon Brown has been under fire for weeks.
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If it's really confidential then the employees would be required to label it as such so that they wouldn't be able to take it home as I would suppose they pocket search them.
Exactly. Confidential things are meant to be labeled as confidential so that if someone is found with said materials, said materials are easily identifiable.
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