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Nikon Coolpix In Spy Scandal

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Aqualung, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. Well, many of us are aware of the need to properly dispose of used PCs (their hard disks), but cameras probably aren't given a second thought.

    A member of Britain's MI6 sold a Nikon Coolpix on eBay and the person who bought it got confidential data....

    The story
  2. I shake my head at the absolute stupidity of some of the folks we trust with security. The question "What on earth were you thinking?" comes to mind.

    Heck, I empty the camera before taking it in for servicing, let alone selling it on eBay, and I only keep pics on MY cards, not top security secrets.
  3. wgilles


    Apr 25, 2008
    I find it hard to believe that "James Bond" would be so stupid as to not properly erase the data.

    And I thought in real life, it was called MI5...guess I was wrong.
  4. MI5 is a different department.

  5. Lurker


    Jul 21, 2007
    MI5 is counter intelligence (insert pun here...) - "spy catchers"

    MI6 is intelligence gathering - "spy stuff"
  6. pirahnah3


    Feb 22, 2008
    wow and these guys are supposed to be the best?? where do i apply seems they will take anyone these days.
  7. PeteZ28


    Oct 5, 2007
    Newtown, PA
    Wow, they took the couples camera AND their computer!!! Sad the UK govt is becoming more of an occupying force in their own nation than a government and the US isn't far behind..
  8. Lurker


    Jul 21, 2007
    That might have been the case. Or...

    Special Branch: Dude, thanks for being upright about this. We owe you one. Unfortunately govt regulation don't allow us to give you a monetary sum to thank you for doing this, as much as we want to.

    Dude: It's nothing, once I saw those pictures on my computer screen I wanted to do the right thing

    Special Branch: Aah, your computer. We might have to confiscate that as well, and ehm, "compensate" (wink, wink) you for that, it's not your fault after all.

    Dude: Compensate? It's a 5yr old POS hardly worth anything and..."

    Special Branch: Ok, lets write down: brand new quad head, special video card... Of course we'll let you copy your personal files to a USB hard disk first

    Dude: (finally gets it:) : Aah. Yes. Did I mention the DVD burner in the computer and the second hard disk?

    Special Branch (smiling): NOW where talking... We can go up to a thousand quid, you know....

    That's the optimist in me. Being the government chances are that they were just being unreasonable and some poor bloke just lost thousands of his vacation pics.
  9. Muonic


    Jun 14, 2006
    The way I read it, they (MI6) gave him 1000 pounds for his computer/camera.

    "They took away the camera and the family's PC and spent 1,000 pounds replacing them."
  10. Great advertising for technophobes

    Great advertising for technophobes, you can erase and deleted and even format it by accident but you can always retrieve your preciosu memories with a Coolpix! :biggrin:
  11. cszakolczai


    Oct 1, 2008
    I just don't understand how people can reach certain security clearances (obviously he was up there) and be this stupid. Oh well, I wish I bought that camera, I think that would be pretty cool story to tell.
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