More Security Concerns at Los Alamos

Susan Hall

More security issues came to light Monday at Los Alamos National Laboratory, just as a U.S. Senate subcommittee was scheduled to announce how much the federal government will spend on the lab in 2008, reports The Santa Fe New Mexican.


While on vacation in Ireland, the laptop of a lab scientist was stolen from his hotel room, according to Newsweek. Lab officials called that a violation of policy, not a security breach. There was no classified information on it.


Another scientist sent a classified e-mail over an unsecured network, according to an anonymous source quoted in Newsweek.


Pointing to security improvements made in the past six months, said lab spokesman Kevin Roark:

"This recent tendency to hold this laboratory accountable for its employees to be anything less than perfect is unrealistic."

The lab made news earlier this month over reports that in January lab managers sent information on nuclear material by unsecured e-mail.

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