Swiss intelligence worker stole documents: defence
GENEVA - Agence France-Presse
Hürriyet photoA Swiss intelligence agency employee stole documents earlier this year, but the theft was detected immediately and no information leaked to a third party, the defence department said Thursday.
"Data was stolen internally in May, but due to our safety procedures we detected it right away," Sonja Margelist, a spokeswoman for the Swiss defence department told AFP.
"There was no damage," she insisted.
The agency refused to reveal any information about the employee or the stolen documents.
According to the Le Temps daily, however, the thief was a 43-year-old technician and he had stolen millions of pages worth of data, which were found in his home.
The paper reported that, due to security concerns, regular VBS employees are barred from copying data using their work computers, but that restriction does not apply to the agency's chief technicians.
VBS said it has brought criminal charges against the employee, who reportedly spent six weeks in preventive detention, and a probe was launched by Switzerland's chief prosecutor.
The agency insisted in a statement that authorities "have been able to find all of the stolen data and to stop any transmission to third-parties." It also stressed that it had put new measures in place to avoid any further data theft.
While the agency is pleased it "managed to stop this so quickly," Margelist acknowledged to AFP that there was concern about what the incident would do to the defence department's reputation.
According to Le Temps, Swiss parliamentarians are considering opening a probe into the security breach.