In a major embarrassment, over two dozen random access memory (RAM) cards were allegedly stolen from computers at the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee (OC) office on Friday night.
The incident has exposed the claims of the OC, which has assured foolproof security for the Games.
Sources told HT that the move was to gain access to vital information, but technical experts refused to buy the argument. “Once a computer is shut down, the RAM doesn't store data, so there is no question of losing data,” said a systems engineer at the OC.
The incident took place on Friday night, though people work round the clock on Floors 3, 5, 6 and 7 of the OC office. The theft was discovered on Saturday morning when the computers were switched on.
“Someone has done this intentionally as outsiders do not have access to the computers. It's difficult to assess the damage at this juncture but it's a serious issue and needs to be investigated,” said an OC employee.
The incident is being viewed as one of the biggest security breaches at the OC as the premises are manned by scores of private security guards, Delhi Police and the Central Industrial Security Force personnel. “An internal enquiry has been set up to nail the wrongdoers as the police have not been entrusted with the job,” said the official.