Call in the vice squad

Details of extra-marital affairs, the use of prostitutes and drug-taking by very senior RAF officers were stored on files stolen from an RAF base, it emerged yesterday. Up to 500 people in the service could be affected by the theft.

The information – which it is feared could be used for extortion – was stored on three computer hard drives that went missing from RAF Innsworth in Gloucestershire last September.

It has been reported that the files were not encrypted. The nature of the information was outlined in an internal MoD memo that was obtained under Freedom of Information legislation.

RAF 'vice disks' stolen from base (The Independent, 25 May 2009)

Blackmail risk after RAF data theft (Press Association, 25 May 2009)