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TSA Laptop Stolen in Philadelphia (Contains Sensitive Info. on Nation's 429 Airports)
WPVI Action News - Philadelphia ^ | 10/14/03 | WPVI Action News - Philadelphia

Posted on 10/15/2003 8:09:23 AM PDT by all4one

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To: all4one
"That they were being restrained, held prisoner." Union business agent Kevin Smith was hopping mad that his members were being held for such a long period of time, especially those who had kids they were not able to pickup from daycare. If there's a piece of equipment missing, that's one piece of equipment, however they are restraining 50 people, that means they have 49 innocent people."

Non sequitur. There could be more than one person involved in the theft, and maybe others who knew about it. If there is security information on that laptop that endangers the lives of many, then it's reasonable to detain a group of people who might be involved in the theft.

22 posted on 10/15/2003 8:50:21 AM PDT by savedbygrace
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To: savedbygrace
Obviously to those all important union employees their rights come before our security....real morons!
23 posted on 10/15/2003 8:53:35 AM PDT by all4one
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To: all4one
Other info that's gone missing

Water System Security Plans, Maps Stolen (Tampa)

24 posted on 10/15/2003 8:55:55 AM PDT by Mo1 (http://www.favewavs.com/wavs/cartoons/spdemocrats.wav)
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To: Andy from Chapel Hill
Great site. I particulary like the auto application. For cars, is the installation done by the car owner or are there authorized installers. Also, is there a valet application?
25 posted on 10/15/2003 8:57:23 AM PDT by all4one
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To: all4one
There is an interesting point here- I attend a fair number of conferences, held in large hotels, and "security" is pretty much nonexistent. Also, attendees tend to let down their guard and go around in "Condition White" most of the time (that is, pretty much unaware of any possible threats). Terry Riley has a very good column on this subject ( at ), as well as a book which should be of interest to frequent travelers - especially , but not only, women. ("TRAVEL CAN BE MURDER").

A couple of points-

1. Do not wear your conference nametag outside the actual venue of the meeting- too easy for the "bad guys" to ID you.

2. Do not leave anything you don't want to lose in a meeting room, even during breaks (self-explanatory, I think).

3. Do not use the hotel fire stairs as a "short cut"- ever.

4. Do not use those little menus that you hang on the doorknob of your room at night to order breakfast from Room Service. They tell a potential robber/ rapist how many people are in the room, what time you will be getting up, and that you will open the door for "Room Service" at a particular time the next morning. Think about the possibilities here.

Read the book- if you are a frequent traveler, it may well save you a lot of money- or more.

(No, I'm not Terry Riley- but I HAVE had to chase off a hotel burglar at gunpoint.)

26 posted on 10/15/2003 9:03:32 AM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE ("Si vis pacem, para bellum"- still good advice after 2000 years.)
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To: all4one
There are 3 ways to track. The cheapest would be a built in GPS.
The other 2 are type of smart card, this would not require
power.
The next is a small transmitter that puts out would transmit a unique serial number once a minute. This could be done for less then $20. a pop. The power would have an internal battery which could last the shelf life.
27 posted on 10/15/2003 9:09:35 AM PDT by HuntsvilleTxVeteran (CCCP = clinton, chiraq, chretien, and putin = stalin wannabes)
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
I tried to post a lonk to Terry Riley's columns, but failed. It is at "ticked.com"
28 posted on 10/15/2003 9:13:10 AM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE ("Si vis pacem, para bellum"- still good advice after 2000 years.)
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To: all4one
ya think this'll qualify as a ground for IMMEDIATE TERMINATION for this slob-trainer?!
29 posted on 10/15/2003 9:22:13 AM PDT by 1234 (Border control or IMPEACHMENT)
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To: all4one
2 solutions for this recurring problem.

(1) Handcuff these laptops to the persons with security clearance to carry them. Theft eliminated.

(2) Have password encryption for all data on the harddrive. Include software to destroy the data on the drive if the password is incorrectly stated 5, 10, or 20 times. We may lose the latest updates of some data (consider all of the data lost unless this laptop can be recovered) and this would prevent the data from falling into the wrong hands.

30 posted on 10/15/2003 9:39:59 AM PDT by weegee
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To: RANGERAIRBORNE
Do not use the hotel fire stairs as a "short cut"- ever.

Interesting point (I understand it). I was at a hotel recently and some of the guests ridiculed other guests for getting off/on the elevator at the second (really third) floor. All guests pay the same for those elevators and quite often they even have security cameras in them.

31 posted on 10/15/2003 9:44:47 AM PDT by weegee
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To: weegee
Yes- the fire stairs are there for emergency evacuation only- at other times they tend to be deserted- and in some countries the fire door LOCKS BEHIND YOU when you enter the fire stairwell. What a great set-up to be robbed, mugged, or raped! (I expect some grr-woofery from REAL tough guys who would just fight their way down the stairs through the armed robbers, etc- please spare me. I'm as tough as you are, and usually armed besides- and I stay away from these stairs).
32 posted on 10/15/2003 11:36:46 AM PDT by RANGERAIRBORNE ("Si vis pacem, para bellum"- still good advice after 2000 years.)
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To: all4one
the GPS technology certainly already exists... but if they did that, they might find all of those g'umt employees who have decided to convert them to "personal use"! And that probably includes most of the laptops issued to g'umt employees...
Of course they would be investigated by "g'umt" employees, who have "borrowed ' one themselves!
33 posted on 10/15/2003 11:46:59 AM PDT by pageonetoo (In God I trust, not the g'umt!)
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To: pageonetoo
Once again our tax dollars at work...
34 posted on 10/15/2003 11:52:59 AM PDT by all4one
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To: all4one
Round up the usual suspects.
35 posted on 10/15/2003 11:54:25 AM PDT by dljordan
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To: all4one
WTF??????!!!

What are thesee people doing carrying sensitive info around in a laptop computer for goodness sake? Even if not tarketed by the enemy, they atre prone to theft by criminal opportunists. When is GW going to CAN Mineta?

36 posted on 10/15/2003 12:22:11 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham
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To: all4one
So far, the auto apps have been for new cars. The primary reason is to incorporate the biometric into the opsys of the car so it cannot be hacked/defeated.

I have no knowledge about any aftermarket applications. Sorry,
Andy
37 posted on 10/15/2003 12:47:03 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: all4one
The carelessly stupid leading the dummies.
38 posted on 10/15/2003 1:14:16 PM PDT by lilylangtree
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To: blackdog
I was thinking .. maybe they said there was info on the computer just so they could find a link to some "bigger fish" who want that info.
39 posted on 10/15/2003 1:17:16 PM PDT by CyberAnt
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To: all4one
The instructor was using a laptop computer to project security procedures onto a large projection screen. Around noon the group broke for lunch leaving the computer behind.

Ha Geez....it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know to take the laptop with ya. [head shaking in disbelief]

Red

40 posted on 10/15/2003 1:20:11 PM PDT by Conservative4Ever (Wm. Wallace did not cry 'diversity' while being disemboweled.)
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