A USB stick containing classified information about Heathrow Airport security – including the route the Queen takes when flying – has been found on a London road.
England’s busiest airport has launched an examination concerning the leak in the midst of fears information on the gadget could have been shared on the dark web.
The shocking leak was uncovered by the Sunday Mirror, which reports that the memory stick contained maps, videos and documents when the UK terror level is at severe.
Documents are said to have uncovered the course that the Queen takes when utilizing the airplane terminal and in addition the additional security set up to keep her secure, timetables of security’ patrols and the id required to get to restricted zones.
The routes used by cabinet ministers and details of radar systems used to monitor runways and security fences were also reportedly on the 2.5GB device – with some documents marked “confidential” or “restricted”.
It additionally contained maps showing the location of CCTV cameras around the airplane terminal and passages and shafts utilized for the Heathrow Express.
The Sunday Mirror has said that the USB drive was not password protected nor was it encrypted.
It was supposedly found on by an individual among leaves in Ilbert Street, West London, police are working with air terminal management to find how the gadget came to be there.
The individual got inquisitive after a couple of days after the fact opened it on a library PC to observe its contents while he was utilizing the machine to scan for work.
There are concerns the information could as of now have been shared on the dark web, utilized by criminals and terror groups to buy this data.
A security source told the paper: “In the wrong hands this would represent a profound threat in terms of terrorism or espionage.”
A representative for Heathrow Airport stated: “Heathrow’s top priority is the safety and security of our passengers and colleagues.
The UK and Heathrow have some of the most robust aviation security measures in the world and we remain vigilant to evolving threats by updating our procedures on a daily basis.
We have reviewed all of our security plans and are confident that Heathrow remains secure.
We have also launched an internal investigation to understand how this happened and are taking steps to prevent a similar occurrence in future.”