Canada army investigation theft computers July 16 2019 - 8:11 PM

Canada probing data theft at military research center: reports Ottawa, July 16, 2019 (AFP) - The Canadian army is probing the theft of highly sensitive information from a military research center by a former employee, media reports said Tuesday. The now-retired civilian specializing in ballistics is suspected of having stolen and destroyed some 30,000 files containing highly sensitive information, public broadcaster Radio-Canada reported. The employee has not been formally charged. Defense Ministry spokesman Harjit Sajjan told AFP that a probe is underway but declined to comment further. A court document seen by Radio-Canada says military police obtained a search warrant for a highly restricted area within a research facility run by Defence Research and Development Canada, located near a military base outside Quebec City. This document says files were copied and then erased, such as photos of ballistic test results, videos of ballistic trials and munitions procurement records, Radio-Canada said. The former employee under suspicion reportedly committed an act of insubordination before leaving his job with the army last year, Radio-Canada said. He was reported by three former colleagues, it said. sab/dw/cs

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