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FBI Recovered Stolen Government Laptop  
User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1190 times:

What OS did the laptop have?

I know that most major Federal Governments use Trusted version of Solaris or other Trusted UNIX versions. If that were the case, then this would of never even happened. And secondly, why in the HECK do government employees carry laptops??? Thats weird.

One solution is having PHYSICAL SECURITY. Is by having a desktop computer with high-grade metal padlocks stored in bullet-proof glass...

ALOT OF QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED HERE"

1. Why were they using laptops to store sensitive info?
2. Why wasnt the data stored in a highy secured enviroment like a server-room??
3. Why wasnt the system protected with a boot-up SYSTEM password?
4. Why wasnt the data ENCRYPTED??
5. What OS was the laptop using? UNIX or Windows?

All this senstive data had to be stored on a Mainframe type system. So I have no clue on why they had these data stored on laptops???

Its freaky.

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User currently offlineMattRB From Canada, joined Apr 2005, 1624 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 1180 times:

I'm assuming this is the laptop with the VA info on it?


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User currently offlineAsstChiefMark From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1177 times:

Since they're not saying where it was found or how they found it, I'll bet it's because it was never lost. How much you want to bet it was found misplaced or stashed in the same office where it was reportedly lost from. Someone misplaced it like we misplace our keys or TV remote.

Mark


User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1176 times:

Quoting Wardialer (Thread starter):
What OS was the laptop using? UNIX or Windows?

What does this have to do with the price of tea in China?

Both are cracakable.


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20563 posts, RR: 62
Reply 4, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):
I'll bet it's because it was never lost. How much you want to bet it was found misplaced or stashed in the same office where it was reportedly lost from. Someone misplaced it like we misplace our keys or TV remote.

::roll eyes::

http://www.boston.com/news/nation/wa...n_laptop_containing_veterans_data/



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User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):
Someone misplaced it like we misplace our keys or TV remote

That's probably what did happen. The government just doesn't want to admit they misplace something or made a mistake about the location of an object that has secret info.



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User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Well...I dont know...Maybe someone here can post on which OS was used to store all that sensitive data on the laptop.

User currently offlineYYZflyer From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 3643 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):
Someone misplaced it like we misplace our keys or TV remote

That's probably what did happen. The government just doesn't want to admit they misplaced something or made a mistake about the location of an object that has secret info.



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User currently offlineDL021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 75
Reply 8, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1162 times:
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I for one am very happy they found hte thing so that the VA does not have to spend any more money sending me and 26million other veterans more letters that must have cost millions. I was really aghast at that....

I can only imagine the resources spent to recover the laptop. They must have had a team working that, regardless of where or how it was found/recovered.



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User currently offlineWardialer From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 1183 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 1104 times:

It just still baffles my mind on why federal emplyees take laptop computers home with them in the first place?? Thats a big huge huge no no...

They could of had a Mainframe z/OS type of system in a highly locked secure server room for keeping that much confendential data on there...Or keeping all sensitive data on a server-side system (like I said) that would be a Mainframe. And NOT a laptop were you can take it home and risking theft...

Someone will be collecting the unemployment checks pretty soon whoever is in charge managing the data or systems there..


User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1077 times:

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 2):
Since they're not saying where it was found or how they found it, I'll bet it's because it was never lost. How much you want to bet it was found misplaced or stashed in the same office where it was reportedly lost from. Someone misplaced it like we misplace our keys or TV remote.

Police Report says different Mark - and includes the other hunderd or so items stolen from the house.

This doesn't mitigate the assinine decisions that lead up to this laptop being carried home full of this kinds of data.


User currently offlineUsnseallt82 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 4891 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (8 years 2 months 5 days ago) and read 1060 times:

Quoting Wardialer (Reply 6):
Maybe someone here can post on which OS was used to store all that sensitive data on the laptop.

Who cares. The operating system won't mean anything compared to the encryption program or security system on the computer. It doesn't matter what you run it on, as long as you run it with something protecting the information.

However, that doesn't seem to be the case here.

Quoting DL021 (Reply 8):
I for one am very happy they found hte thing so that the VA does not have to spend any more money sending me and 26million other veterans more letters that must have cost millions.

 checkmark 

I got two of these letters saying I was probably on the list and thought about how much money it must have cost to send every veteran on there a letter about the problem. This made a costly search for the laptop even costlier because of the amount of money spent on sending those out.

And all they really said was that a laptop was stolen. Saw that on CNN.  crazy 



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