NEWS: Top agencies hit by new bout of hi-tech computer burglary

Several advertising agencies were in turmoil this week following one of the worst spates of computer crime seen in central London.

Several advertising agencies were in turmoil this week following one of

the worst spates of computer crime seen in central London.



Michaelides and Bednash is the latest company to be targeted by thieves

looking for expensive computer chips and lap-tops. The media strategy

company lost thousands of pounds worth of equipment in a raid last

weekend.



Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Initiative Media and CIA Medianetwork have also

been hit by thieves over the past few days. In some cases, agencies have

lost vital business data and sensitive new-business information.



Graham Bednash, a partner in Michaelides and Bednash, said that the

prevalence of Apple Macs in the advertising industry is making these

companies prime targets for thieves. ‘It’s almost as though the thieves

are working their way through Alf,’ he said, referring to the

advertising handbook.



Michaelides and Bednash lost eight Apple Macs as well as computer chips

in the raid.