POLITICO U.S. postal workers can be targeted by thieves who use stolen drop boxes to hide their tracks, a U.K.-based company says.
The company, SecureDrop, says it has found more than 1,000 such cases and has discovered that they have a “very low likelihood” of being detected by postal authorities.
SecureDrop has partnered with the Royal Mail and is testing a software that allows customers to identify stolen drop box tracks by scanning the contents of the box.
“In most cases, we are able to find the serial number, the serial, and then we have a reasonable estimate of the approximate time the package was stolen,” said the company’s CEO, Richard Smith.
“And in a couple of cases, that estimate is correct.”
Smith said that SecureDrop has not yet received a report from the Postal Service of an attempted hack.
He said that the company will test the software with the USPS and hopes to have it up and running by the end of the year.