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69 computers missing at LANL
According to The Associated Press, there are 69 computers missing from Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The missing computers came to light after the Project on Government Oversight obtained a Department of Energy memo from Feb. 3.
That memo said that 67 computers are missing, with 80 having gone missing in the last year alone. The Associated Press confirmed that 80 computers had gone missing, but 11 were recovered — for a total of 69 missing computers. LANL spokesman Kevin Roark said no classified information is missing.
The missing computers came to light after three computers were stolen from an employee’s home. Another case in the same week featured a BlackBerry which was “vacationing” in a “sensitive foreign country.”
Danielle Brian, executive director of POGO said in a statement, “It is troubling that the contractor only informed the government of this during investigations into the most recent thefts.”
Roark told The Associated Press that the computers with sensitive information are kept completely separate from the computers with unclassified information.
“None of these systems constitute a breach of a classified system,” he said to The Associated Press.
It is just the latest in a line of security blunders from LANL, with the most famous case being that of Wen Ho Lee, which happened in 1999 while Gov. Bill Richardson was the secretary of energy under President Bill Clinton. Lee was originally indicted with 59 crimes, but was ultimately only convicted of a single count improper handling of restricted data.