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Israeli pilots punished for storing sensitive data on smartphones

(FILES) A picture taken on November 19, 2008 shows an Israeli airforce F-16I fighter plane taking off at the Ramon Air Force Base, in the southern Israeli Negev desert. AFP PHOTO/MARINA PASSOS

JERUSALEM: Two Israeli combat pilots were jailed for five days and 12 others were disciplined for storing operational maps on their smartphones, Israeli Army Radio reported on Wednesday.

Israeli military authorities discovered the security breach after one of the pilots reported he had lost his cellphone and that it contained sensitive data. It was recovered, the report said, and investigators found he had loaded maps, waypoints and other classified documents.

Other members of his squadron had done the same, so they could have the information readily at hand, the radio said.

The 14 pilots were court-martialed: two sent to jail, 11 received suspended sentences and one was fined.

 

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