Military Files Found on MP3 Player

Kara Reeder

After purchasing an MP3 player from a thrift shop in Oklahoma, New Zealander Chris Ogle found confidential data concerning U.S. military personnel still on it. BBC News reports that about 60 files contained names, telephone numbers and Social Security numbers, among other information, of American soldiers.


PC Pro notes that Ogle was able to easily browse files marked "prohibited by federal law" as no further encryption was required. Although the information was from 2005, it still points to slack administrative procedures.


Ogle says he is willing to hand over the files to U.S. officials if asked, but has yet to hear anything.

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