Security chief expresses concern as another police leak emerges

PUBLISHED : Monday, 09 March, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 09 March, 2009, 12:00am

Secretary for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong yesterday expressed concern about new police data leaks on the internet, just hours before an internet user confirmed to local media that he had downloaded what appeared to be police examination papers through file-sharing software Foxy.

The file forwarded to news media by the Foxy user appeared to contain three question papers and the answers for police inspector examinations in 2003.

It included police instructions ranging from how to handle an electric gun after its seizure and actions to be taken when there was a gas leak near a primary school.

The Foxy leak came after 69 files, believed to be from two police stations, appeared on the Web, also via Foxy, on Saturday. The files included records of drug seizures and personal particulars of suspects and a girl.

'We're very concerned about every data leak,' Mr Lee said about the Saturday incident while attending the North District fight crime, anti-drug and rehabilitation carnival yesterday.

'Our departments' computers have been checked once and there is no such [file-sharing] software [on them]. We have also issued guidelines,' he said.

'But from time to time our colleagues may have taken their work home, and perhaps their personal computers have installed such software, or their children have installed it but they don't know.'

Mr Lee said the force was concerned and had launched an investigation. He said he was unsure if the leaks involved information that was already in the public domain or was new data.

A police spokeswoman said officers were investigating the latest Foxy leak yesterday.

The Security Bureau had reminded staff more than once that both their personal and departmental computers should not have Foxy installed, Mr Lee said. 'If any colleague has violated our guidelines, we will treat the case seriously.'

He said security personnel should not take confidential documents from the office without permission.