A USB key possibly belonging to the Slovak army that purportedly carried classified military information was found at a petrol station in Zvolen, the private TV channel Markíza reported on October 30.
According to Markíza, the USB key contained various manuals and reports from military training, with some of them featuring a notation that their release is only possible after 2031. The Defence Ministry and police are investigating the apparent security breach.
Defence Ministry spokesperson Ivan Rudolf said that the ministry considers the case to be the failure of an individual, as the use of USB keys at the ministry is very well secured, saying that the army had adopted remedial measures after two USB keys with classified information were lost last year.
If an investigation confirms that the owner of the key had improperly downloaded military materials, the ministry said the person will be punished.
The Defence Ministry, however, claimed that no classified materials were on the USB key, the Sme daily reported. Rudolf specifically said that the armed forces do not use that particular type of USB key and that classified information is always processed and encoded on special computers.
8. Nov 2010 at 0:00 | Compiled by Spectator staff