Hundreds of Ministry of Defence laptops were lost last year — while most officials were working from home
HUNDREDS of laptops were lost by the Ministry of Defence last year — while most officials were working from home.
Security investigations had to be launched after 343 devices vanished along with 22 desktop computers.
And 63 memory sticks, which could hold vast amounts of secret data, went missing.
Defence chiefs had to investigate whether any of the kit contained classified or sensitive information.
Figures obtained under Freedom of Information laws suggest a computer or similar equipment was lost every day.
The MoD has admitted 179 went missing in a single month, with a further 36 lost in the run-up to last Christmas.
It means 630 MoD computers have been lost or stolen in the past two years.
A decommissioned RPG launcher, two deactivated pistols and more than 4,500 rounds of ammunition also went missing.
The MoD said: “We take security extremely seriously and have robust procedures to deter and prevent losses and thefts.”
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