eBay, Craigslist Selling Sensitive Military Gear; GAO Not Happy

Kara Reeder

In the market for F-14 components? How about night-vision goggles or body armor vests? InformationWeek reports that a Government Accountability Office investigation from January 2007 through March 2008 discovered that eBay and Craigslist have been selling sensitive military items.


The GAO issued a report saying that selling defense-related items puts U.S. service members and allies at risk. The agency is concerned the items could be reverse engineered by adversaries.


Members of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee's national security subcommittee were especially concerned in light of the fact that five American soldiers were killed when insurgents dressed in American combat uniforms raided a security post in Iraq. News.com reports that Craigslist CEO Jim Buckmaster and eBay government relations chief Tod Cohen spoke with the subcommittee and supported creating rules about what is and isn't legal to sell.


TG Daily reports that the investigation did result in one arrest. An Army Private First Class stationed in South Korea is serving three years in prison for selling stolen MREs online.

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