Sensitive US missile defence data fou...

Sensitive US missile defence data found on computer disk bought on eBay

There are 5 comments on the www.telegraph.co.uk story from May 7, 2009, titled Sensitive US missile defence data found on computer disk bought on eBay. In it, www.telegraph.co.uk reports that:

Sensitive data detailing launch procedures for a US military missile air defence system have been found on a second-hand computer hard drive bought on eBay.

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Proff Louie Alternater

Bethlehem, PA

#1 May 7, 2009
Thanks for the info.Before I buy my next computer,I may have to load an M-80 into the floppy drive....(I think it still works)?
The Truth Can Be Annoying

Lexington, KY

#2 May 7, 2009
The time has come to mandate lengthy prison sentences for people who fail to adequately protect classified or other sensitive data, including not satisfactorily overwriting data on harddrives or simply destroying the harddrive in cases where the data on it is particularly sensitive. A couple hundred suits in prison on ten year whacks would send a pretty strong message on the subject.

Since: Apr 08

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#3 May 7, 2009
The Truth Can Be Annoying wrote:
The time has come to mandate lengthy prison sentences for people who fail to adequately protect classified or other sensitive data, including not satisfactorily overwriting data on harddrives or simply destroying the harddrive in cases where the data on it is particularly sensitive. A couple hundred suits in prison on ten year whacks would send a pretty strong message on the subject.
I would agree considering the DOD has a proscribed method of wiping hard drives that anyone of moderate computer literacy could perform.
~ I'd be inclined to think that the drive in this article was stolen.
The Truth Can Be Annoying

Lexington, KY

#4 May 7, 2009
Bama Yankee wrote:
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I would agree considering the DOD has a proscribed method of wiping hard drives that anyone of moderate computer literacy could perform.
~ I'd be inclined to think that the drive in this article was stolen.
Which is why I also believe that the person to whom such a laptop is issued should be legally required to be personally responsible for the physical security of both the hardware and the data resident upon it.

Data that is particularly sensitive has no business being on a laptop or even connected to a network that is accessible via the Internet (or someone in a battered sedan with a wireless laptop.)

Centralized processing is not obsolete by any long shot and will likely never be as long as there is data that needs to be protected from disclosure.

“The Buybull is innerrrent.”

Since: Jun 08

Fairport, NY

#5 May 8, 2009
Damn. All I got on my lousy eBay computer's hard drive (from Lynchburg, VA, home of Fatwell's Liberty Baptist College) was porn.

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