Stolen US Flash Drives Sold in Afghan Bazaars
April 11, 2006 12:26 PM
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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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RE: VERY SAD FOR AN ELITE ARMY PERSONNEL
4/11/2006 2:49:33 PM
I put this in a post below about the story in general, but it addresses this post directly so I'll stick it in here as a reply -
Soldiers selling computer hardware to make extra money 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 make up a story that places blame on US soldiers instead of implicating him for stealing said flash drives. That scenario seems to fit a lot better than soldiers risking their military careers (not to metion all the other nasties associated with being court marshalled) for at most a few dollars.
RE: VERY SAD FOR AN ELITE ARMY PERSONNEL
4/11/2006 4:25:12 PM
"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."
Agreed, who are these 'others'. Knowing several people in the military I can tell that the last thing they'd wan't to steal is military PC stuff. A lot of people bring there own laptops, disc collections, Xbox's, etc. I don't think they'd be selling crap at an Afghan bazar. Seriously, how much do you think they'd get for it?
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