Recovered Computer Memory Stick - Update
11 March 2011
A 2GB Radio Sydney announcer broadcast, on 10 March 2011, that he was in possession of a computer memory stick containing Defence classified information that was allegedly found on a Qantas flight.
The memory stick was collected by Defence staff from the radio station on 10 March. Initial analysis indicates that the device does contain Defence information, none of which is highly classified and some which is unclassified and available over the internet.
The owner of the memory stick has been identified. He is a former Defence member, and is now a contractor to the department.
Defence takes any compromise of its information seriously, and the circumstances surrounding the loss of the thumb drive are being investigated.
As the investigation is continuing Defence is unable to comment further at this stage.
Media contact: Defence Media Operations 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664