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Heathrow Airport operator fined for data breach

Neil Hodge | October 10, 2018

Heathrow Airport has been fined £120,000 (U.S. $158,000) after an unencrypted USB memory stick, which may have contained details about the Queen’s travel plans, was discovered in October on a street in London.

The memory stick belonged to a Heathrow Airport employee and contained 76 folders and more than 1,000 files—none of which was encrypted or password protected. The person who found it viewed the material it contained at a local library and passed it on to a national newspaper (The Sunday Mirror), which copied the data before passing it back to the company five days later.

Heathrow Airport—Europe’s busiest and the seventh-busiest in the world—then reported the matter to the police and hired a third-party specialist to monitor the internet and dark Web to see if the data had been...

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