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Journalism students from the University of British Columbia discovered intact hard drives containing secret international security data and personal information at a digital dumping ground in Ghana, said their teacher, Peter Klein.
Mr. Klein, a producer for the PBS television program Frontline and an Emmy Award winning journalist, said the drives included information about U.S. Homeland Security and Pentagon defence contracts as well as social security numbers, credit card numbers, and family photos
One of the drives came from Northrop Grumman, a large U.S. military contractor. It contained “details about sensitive, multimillion-dollar U.S. government contracts” as well as contracts with the defence intelligence agency and NASA, according to a synopsis of the project on the PBS website.