69 Computers Missing From Los Alamos Nuclear Weapons Laboratory

Los Alamos nuclear weapons laboratory can’t seem to keep track of their computers. The New Mexico lab is missing 69 computers. The company says nothing classified could have been leaked from those computers.

According to spokesman Kevin Roark no classified information has been lost.

The news of missing computers came from the watch group Project on Government Oversight. They released a memo dated February 3 from the Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration that said that 67 computers were missing. An update from Roark stated that a total of 80 were lost or stone in 2008 but 11 of those had been recovered.

Although the computers do contain personal information such as names and addresses they do not contain classified information.

The watch group also released an e-mail that said three computers were taken from a scientist’s home in Santa Fe on January 16. More frighting though is the news that another employee’s BlackBerry was lost overseas in what is being called a ‘sensitive foreign country.’

The Associated Press quotes Roark:

Roark said computers with classified information are “kept completely separate from unclassified computing.”

“None of these systems constitute a breach of a classified system,” he said.

The lab employs about 10,000 people.


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