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U.S. Missile Defense Secrets, UK Medical Records Accidentally Sold on eBay

U.S. Missile Defense Secrets, UK Medical Records Accidentally Sold on eBay

Hot off the heels of the of selling the B-2 stealth bomber’s radar spectrum to a Russian national and intrusions by Chinese hackers, the U.S. Armed Forces have another leak on their hands. Researchers analyzing 300 hard drives bought at computer fairs and on the internet auction site eBay discovered a surprise — a hard drive containing U.S. missile defense secrets that was not properly wiped by contractor Lockheed Martin.

The research project was conducted by BT’s Security Research Centre in England in collaboration with the University of Glamorgan in Wales, Edith Cowan University in Australia, and Longwood University in the US. According to British news site The Daily Mail, the researchers made the startling discovery that the hard drive in question contained highly sensitive information on test launch procedures of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) ground to air missile defense system, used to shoot down Scud missiles in Iraq.

Also on the drive were Lockheed Martin’s internal security policies, blueprints of facilities, and personal information on employees including social security numbers.

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