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US military laptops, other gear filtering out to black market

US military laptops, other gear filtering out to black market
Darren Murph
Darren Murph|February 15, 2009 3:03 AM

Given that the memories of that classified DAP fiasco are still fresh on our brains, this one's a bit less shocking than it might otherwise be. Sure, we've heard of scatterbrained MI6 agents selling confidential digital cameras on eBay, but it's another thing entirely to see multiple US Army laptops making their way out to unsanctioned trading posts in Pakistan. A new report over at Military and GlobalPost explains that some high-tech gadgets are being confiscated on supply routes and from within vehicles, and from there, the wares are making their way to black market shops for anyone to buy. Anything from ruggedized computers to stabilized binoculars to night vision mounts have been spotted, and there's plenty of pictures to prove it. We must say, we're a bit worried about detailed war schematics slipping so easily into the hands of the enemy, but who knows, maybe they're just looking for a little Minesweeper action to take their minds away from it all.

[Thanks, Jamie]

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