A USB drive containing confidential files regarding about London’s Heathrow Airport and the Queen’s security measures has been found in the street.
The secret documents were not encrypted and showed detailed information regarding security cameras, patrols and even the route the Queen takes when she visits the airport. A man found it in the road and plugged it into a library computer to see what what was on it, the Sunday Mirror reports. He was perturbed to discover that it contained secret information such as videos, maps and documents about Britain’s biggest airport.
The newspaper said the drive also contained details of the security measures in place to protect the Queen and the types of identification needed by those, including undercover police officers, wanting to access restricted areas.
The files revealed routes and other safety measures for politicians and foreign dignitaries, as well as schedules of patrols used to guard against suicide bombers and terror attacks.
A spokesperson for the airport told the Mirror that security plans had been reviewed in light of the incident, the BBC reports.
“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.”