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From: security curmudgeon (jerichoattrition.org)
Date: Mon Jan 26 2009 - 13:31:56 CST
[Courtesy of several people. Two articles on the incident follow.
NZ man accesses US military secrets
6:21PM Monday January 26, 2009
ONE News has gained access to the personal files of American soldiers,
uncovering military secrets from the most powerful nation in the world.
In November last year the US Defence Department banned the use of portable
data storage devices.
However, Chris Ogle from Whangerei got more than he bargained for when he
bought an MP3 player from an Oklahoma thrift shop for $18.
When the 29-year-old hooked up the player he discovered a playlist he
could never have imagined - 60 files in total, including the names and
personal details of American soldiers.
NZ man finds US military files on MP3 player
Posted January 26, 2009 20:13:00
A New Zealand man has found confidential US military files on an MP3
player he bought in an Oklahoma thrift shop, it has been reported.
Chris Ogle, 29, paid $15 for the player and when he plugged it into his
computer he found 60 pages of military data, Television One News said.
The files contained the names and personal details of US soldiers,
including some who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as information
about equipment deployed to bases and a mission briefing.
"The more I look at it, the more I see and the less I think I should be
[seeing]," Mr Ogle said. Although most of the files are dated 2005, TV One
said it rang some of the phone numbers and they were answered by the
Mr Ogle said the MP3 had never worked as a music player and he would hand
it over to the US Defence Department if asked.
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