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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4/11/2006 3:05:18 PM
Its not impossible for US troops to be selling stuff on the black market. It happens all the time, the smaller the item, the easier....people lose flash drives all the time. Having been in the Army, I knew alot of people who would like to make a quick buck or two selling something like flashdrives....hell, I knew a guy who sold all his gear to a Army/Navy Surplus store so that he could get an Xbox (this was a few years ago). Issued helmets, vests, load bearing equipment all show up on secondary markets, sold by the very troops that were issued the gear.
Its disturbing that such information has leaked out, but should the information have even been on flash drives to begin with? Very unsecure. Why would the information have to leave the computers that they were on? It would be much more secure to transfer the information on a secured network, than carry it around on a flash drive....
RE: not impossible
The Boston Dangler
The Boston Dangler
4/11/2006 6:52:01 PM
don't forget truck batteries.
RE: not impossible
4/11/2006 7:56:37 PM
This is an outrage. I can't believe someone would sell government property (much less intelligence) to further one's finances. Maybe we should just cut a substantial portion of our military budget. We could cease to pay a standing army that is ostensibly unsatisfied with current levels of compensation, and stop policing the damn world as we please. I'd rather have a small army of volunteers than a large army of self-interested mercenaries.
I'm more of a libertarian though, so that's probably a bit too extreme. But we can all dream, can't we?
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