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July 23, 1990


By CBR Staff Writer

The National Security Agency is planning to steal defence secrets from Hoskyns, Logica SD-Scicon and ICL, according to the Mail on Sunday: an article alleges that the dastardly plan involves hacking into companies’ management computers and planting a bug which reads sensitive information; a spokesman for Hoskyns says the whole idea is ..absolutely absurd, complete balderdash, and obvious rubbish even for the Mail on Sunday… Hoskyns doesn’t keep clients’ information on its management computers, and data pertaining to clients is of an invoicing and administrative nature; Logica takes a similarly sceptical line and describes the article as scaremongering Sunday journalism which it wasn’t asked to comment on before publication; none of its defence-oriented work is done on management computers, but on separate machines in a secure environment which the company says would be extremely difficult to hack into; SD-Scicon’s official comment is no comment, but as with the other three companies, it isolates classified defence material from management computers; ICL emphasises that any system devoted to Ministry of Defence work is given a security clearance by the Ministry, and it is entirely separate from management systems.

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