In what amounts to a major security breach at the Heathrow airport in London, a man found a pen drive just 10 miles away from the airport containing sensitive security information regarding one of the world’s busiest terminals.
The curious guy, who happened to come across the pen drive took it to the library and found that the USB contained highly confidential information linked to the security procedures of the Heathrow airport, revealed the Sunday Mirror.
The extent of confidential information revealed from 2.5GB of data can be gauged from the fact that it contained the route the Queen and her entourage take when heading to and from the airport, and the security measures put in place to ensure her safety.
Even though there were 76 folders holding such sensitive information, the drive was neither encrypted nor password protected. According to the report, some of the information was labelled as “confidential” and “restricted” but could still be accessed in a couple of clicks.
It contained more such information including every type of ID needed – even those used by undercover cops – to access restricted areas and details of the ultrasound radar system used to scan runways and the perimeter fence.
The guy who found the USB, handed it over to The Mirror, who then contacted the airport officials. It is learnt that Heathrow authorities are currently investigating the matter and have said in a statement that passenger and staff safety is their “top priority” and they believe the airport is completely “secure”.