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Various stolen tech can be found in Afghan bazaars located close to the U.S. base

Afghan cleaners, garbage collectors and other workers are able to walk off a U.S. military base carrying sensitive information about military operations, which later end up on sale at Afghan bazaars.  Deployment rosters with service member Social Security numbers, assessment of enemy targets, names of corrupt Afghan officials and base defenses are examples of some of the information that is being sold several hundred yards away from the base.  Along with the sensitive information stored on USB flash memory drives, the workers are also able to steal knives, watches, packets of Viagra and refrigerators.  The Los Angeles Times reports: 

Workers are supposed to be frisked as they leave the base, but they have various ways of deceiving guards, such as hiding computer drives behind photo IDs that they wear in holders around their necks, shop owners said. Others claim that U.S. soldiers illegally sell military property and help move it off the base, saying they need the money to pay bills back home.

Some claim that U.S. soldiers are allegedly selling stolen goods so that they have money to pay bills back in the United States.


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Misleading Headline
By Mclendo06 on 4/11/2006 2:41:27 PM , Rating: 2
If you read the LA Times article closely, you will see that there is no mention of hard drives, only flash drives. Please correct. In any case, this is disturbing. The military should at least be using some sort of encryption on classified files. As far as soldiers selling the hardware, that seems unlikely seeing as how the price they would fetch in Afghanistan would be practically nil as I doubt that a lot of Afghans have PCs. If there is anyone from Afghanistan on the forums, please set me straight. It would make more sense that an Afgnhan trying to explain to a western journalist how he came by a collection of USB flash drives from a US military base might produce a story that places blame on US soldiers instead of implicating him for stealing said flash drives.




Moderated
By shadowzz on 4/11/06, Rating: -1
By KristopherKubicki (blog) on 4/11/2006 2:43:41 PM , Rating: 2
Sorry about that.


RE: Misleading Headline
By Wwhat on 4/11/2006 4:59:26 PM , Rating: 2
I t would make even more sense that none of this is true and the papers are just making up crap as they have done before and will do again.
That LA times guy prably bought some flashdrives in the US and payed the guy extra to give him an afghan story to go with it.


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