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Peculiar break in at IP Australia

By Skidbladnir 18 July 2008 21

The photo is of the day-after, as I walked through Woden a different way yesterday morning.

I saw the repaired hole with the insulation batt outside it, and went in to ask one of the people I know at IP Australia what the story behind that was.

According to them, yesterday (Thursday 17 July) at some point overnight someone lifted out the exterior glass panel, removed the batt, and then smashed their way through the interior panel to get inside.

Behind that window is their Human Resources and Personnel wing, which is normally only accessed by security pass if you have a need to get into that area.

(A former employee’s experience of the building suggests that the normal security passes let you in to everywhere in the building except HR&P)

Internal gossip says that two computers were stolen, and some desks were rifled through.

The rest of the entire ground floor has similar windows and internal panelling (have a look next time you drive past IP Australia along Launceston St), so it’s a fair vulnerability to have on a building which receives an extraordinary amount of confidential commercial data (Trademarks are valuable to businesses, but registered Patents and Designs are moreso).

So why:

1) break into HR&Personnel, and
2) Why didn’t Security notice this was happening and try to prevent it? (This window is just outside the view of the Security desk, and the interior of that window is seperated from the Foyer by only one or two walls.)

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PBO 9:18 am 21 Jul 08

How do you know there was cash?

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