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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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So?
By kextyn on 4/11/2006 4:25:10 PM , Rating: 2
Correct me if I'm wrong but the most sensitive information they SHOULD be getting would be FOUO, unclassified information. Last time I checked USB drives were not allowed on classified computers. Hell even NATO doesn't allow them and they are not as strict about that stuff as the US military.

But since people are lazy and stupid a lot of sensitive information in emails and such will probably end up on these drives at the market. Bad OPSEC, but I doubt it gets much more serious then that.




RE: So?
By ColossusX on 4/11/2006 4:37:29 PM , Rating: 2
I guess the main concern is for Identity Theft of deployed soldiers....it would be hard for them to notice unusual account activity and difficult for them to get it straightened out...but still, this info should not have been on the drives in the first place...as you say, poor OPSEC. Hell, where my father in law works, those computers arent even connected to the public net. He works for Naval Intel, they have 1 machine with outside access, but not connected to the other machines in his unit. The rest connect through the military net...he cant take in USB keys, CD/DVDs etc...cant even bring a briefcase to and from work with him...everything he works on stays in the building. He cant even tell me which building he works in, lol


RE: So?
By Wwhat on 4/11/2006 4:56:14 PM , Rating: 2
He's probably not working for the army at all but having other wives out of state, happens all the time, hehe


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