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Study finds that Lockheed Martin needs to stop disposing of hard drives with top secret data intact

Joseph L. Flatley
May 7, 2009
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With all of those crazy defense contracts Lockheed Martin has goin' on, you'd think the company would have its act together as far as the need to hold down its data goes -- but according to The Daily Mail, this may not be the case. Researchers at BT's Security Research Center have found an overwhelming amount of sensitive data on hard drives purchased through computer fairs and auctions as a part of a recent study, including: bank account details, medical records, and confidential business and financial data. Although many organizations were found to be at fault, the most troubling (sensational) instance included test launch procedures for Lockheed Martin's THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system, found on hardware purchased from eBay. Also on the same disk were security policies, blueprints, and employees' personal info. When asked for a comment, a spokesman for the company stated that "Until Lockheed Martin can evaluate the hard drive in question, it is not possible to comment further on its potential contents or source." It looks like we're not getting to the bottom of this one any time soon, but in the meantime: if any defense contractors have any questions on the subject, we'll be happy to help.

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