More than 140 MoD computers disappear

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MORE than 140 Ministry of Defence computers went missing last year, according to new figures.

In total 76 laptops were stolen in 2010 – including 36 in June alone.

Another 45 of the portable computers were reported missing by staff.

And 21 desktop computers disappeared between January and December last year, with workers losing 12 of them.

In addition a total of 47 USB memory sticks were lost in the period – with more than a quarter reported lost in September, according to the government.

The figures were released in a Commons written reply to Scottish National Party MP Angus Robertson.

Junior defence minister Andrew Robathan said: ‘The Ministry of Defence takes any loss of information and associated media storage devices very seriously and has robust procedures in place to mitigate against such occurrences.’

Figures released earlier following a Freedom of Information request revealed the Ministry of Defence reported 340 laptop computers as lost or stolen between June 2008 and June 2010.