Saturday, March 6, 2021

BEC’s laptop containing sensitive info traced to Zimbabwe

A lap top that contained highly classified information belonging to Botswana Examination Council (BEC) that disappeared mysteriously late last year has been recovered in neighboring Zimbabwe through a tracking device system.

Already two suspects are at the centre of investigations in Harare following the disappearance of the lap top and Interpol is trying to piece together information on how the computer was stolen and smuggled into Zimbabwe as well as whether the classified information has been tempered with and leaked to the wrong people. 

Managing Director of Innovative Tracking Botswana, Emmanuel Motlhatlhedi, confirmed that one of the computers that belonged to BEC was stolen last December just a week before Charismas.

He explained that before the theft incident his company approached BEC and advised the organisation to install high technology tracking device that protects valuable equipment in case such valuable items are stolen.  The tracking device, according to Motlhatlhedi, makes it possible for particular items to be traced easily within the Southern African Development Community.

“After our presentation we were given the green light to install tracking the device system into five laptops to find out whether the system works and can be reliable,” he said.

He said a week before Charismas last year he got a report from the BEC official that one of the laptops containing sensitive materials that had also been installed with tracking device has been stolen.

He stated that the BEC official recently called him and informed him that the lap top that was stolen had been recovered in Zimbabwe by Interpol.

Motlhatlhedi indicated that an official from Interpol also informed him about the recovery of the lap top that belong to BEC.

He added that three other laptops were also confiscated by the Interpol during the exercise and these were reportedly stolen from Botswana.

Motlhatlhedi highlighted that the survey that his company conducted sometime last year revealed that at least 90 cell phones are stolen each day in Botswana.

“These numbers are shocking and reflect the high level of crime in the country especially of cell phones,” he said┬á
He appealed to members of the public to install tracking devices especially in valuable items such as plasma screens, vehicles and even domestic animals.

However when contacted for comment the BEC’s Corporate Communications Manager Fingile Makgalemele said, “I am sorry I cannot comment because I am still waiting to be provided with relevant information.”

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