Europol anti-terrorist operations trove makes its way on line

JERRY LAMPEN

Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Bert Koenders speaks during a press conference after the international consultations with representatives of the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) and the Anti ISIS coalition in the fight against terror at the Europol headquarters in The Hague, The Netherlands, 11 January 2016.

The leak is believed to be the mistake of a Dutch police officer


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Sensitive Europol data made their way on the internet, according to the Dutch TV program Zembla. Europol has acknowledged the leak.

The leaks of over 700 pages of confidential files concern 54 cases of an anti-terrorist investigation dating back to 2006-2008. They include sensitive data, including telephone numbers of informants, but also cases that were never made public.

The files were found by the journalists’ investigative team on an unsecured internet location.

Europol is a partnership between law enforcement authorities of the EU based in the Hague. According to Zembla, the leaks originate from a national police officer who had made a private backup on a cloud file without a password.

The BBC reports that is the Dutch police.

The liberal group of the European Parliament (ALDE) is calling on the Europol director, Rob Wainwright, and the Security Union Commissioner, Sir Julian King, to clarify the facts related to a leaked report. The ALDE spokeswoman, said on Wednesday that although the security breach was known since September the parliament was informed two days ago.

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