posted on May, 6 2005 @ 08:45 PM
Over 200 computers and disk drives have been determined missing without explanation at The Idaho National Laboratory. None of the 269 computers and
disk drives were allocated for classified information, but they could contain 'expert controlled' information that would indicate nuclear
data/technologies for civilian and military applications alike. The missing items were discovered by an audit conducted in response to security
lapses at other nuclear labs, particurlarily Los Alamos.
-- IDAHO FALLS, Idaho _ A nuclear reactor research lab in Idaho cannot account for more than 200 missing computers and disk drives that may have
contained sensitive information, the Energy Department's inspector general says.
The audit of property control procedures for sensitive equipment at the nuclear research compound near Idaho Falls is one of a series of internal
investigations being conducted by the Energy Department following high-profile security lapses at nuclear weapons labs. Los Alamos National Laboratory
in New Mexico was shut down from July 2004 to February 2005 following reports that two computer disks containing top-secret information had
disappeared. A subsequent investigation determined the disks never existed.
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This helps to highlight the ease in which information can be lost. Overall, there were over 900 items unaccounted for, either through a mishandling
of materials or, less likely, a deliberate transfer. How can we be surprised that the 'bad guys' continue to get a hold of relevant information if
our file organization is less than perfect? That is not to say that this descrapancy will result in an information leak, however, national security
is sometimes as simple as keeping everything in order.....
This is mostly, imo, an indication of the efficiency and responsibility of our higher functioning departments.....they happen to still be human and do
make mistakes. Is it possible to be 100% in something as mundane as file keeping?