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Los Alamos loses 67 computers

The Los Alamos military research establishment in the US admits it is missing 67 computers.

The US Project On Government Oversight (POGO) pressure group has obtained an internal memo in which the government overseer of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) rebuked the lab for its handling of the January theft of three computers from the home of an employee.

"This memo shows that the lab admits that 67 computers are currently 'missing', and that 13 have been lost or stolen in the past year alone," said Danielle Brian, executive director of POGO.

"It is troubling that a contractor only informed the government of this during investigations into the most recent thefts," she said.

Additionally, said POGO, the Los Alamos Site Office (LASO) expressed frustration with LANL's decision to treat the lost computers merely as a property management issue, and not as a potential lapse in cyber security.

LANL is also said to have recently lost a BlackBerry smartphone in a "sensitive foreign country".

POGO is an independent non-profit organisation that investigates and exposes corruption and other misconduct in US federal government.


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