Monday, March 9, 2009

Forget Hard Drives, Thumb Drives, Secure Servers...

...if you have some documents you want to keep private, print them out, don't save them in electronic form, and put them in an old-fashioned safe. Or under your mattress. Seriously.

It's been a bad few months for data security--I don't know whether there's something in the drinking water that's making people more stupid than usual, or if the IT gods are angry, but nothing much seems to be safe on computers or any other member of the electronic family.

In January, someone bought an mp3 player in an Oklahoma thrift store, only to find it contained military files from Iraq--including mission briefs.

In February, we learned that nearly 70 computers are missing from the Los Alamos nuclear weapons lab.

And if you're at all curious about NATO's "Master Narrative" for Afghanistan--including what information is to be kept from journalists--you can download it here.

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