UK: Met officers ‘hacked database to leak name of protected witness’

Another “small breach with huge potential impact.”

Press Association reports:

Police detention officers leaked the identity of an anonymous witness in a murder trial after hacking into the intelligence database, a court has heard.

Rupert Ross, 34, and Leon De St Aubin, 38, were both sentenced to life imprisonment for the “vicious execution” of Darcy Austin-Bruce on 1 May 2009.

Aubin’s girlfriend Lydia Lauro, 33, and Ross’s mother Diana Lank, 60, allegedly discovered the identity of a protected witness in the case.

Lauro got a job as a civilian worker at Hammersmith police station two months after the pair were convicted in 2011.

She illegally accessed the intelligence system at the station with the help of fellow Metropolitan police detention officer Hayden Cheremeh, it is claimed.

Read more on The Guardian.

Did no one run a background check on Lauro, or did they know that she was a convicted killer’s girlfriend when they hired her?

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