Los Alamos Security Woes Worsen, Again
Double yikes: Still more computers are missing from Los Alamos National Labs.
Just weeks after the Project On Government Oversight revealed ongoing security problems at Los Alamos, the group obtained a memo in which security officials acknowledge that 67 computers are considered missing and that 13 have been stolen in the last year.
"The magnitude of the security risk that the missing computers pose to LANL is unknown to DOE at this point. POGO is also concerned that the memo does not mention a LANL BlackBerry that was recently lost in a 'sensitive foreign country,'" POGO wrote in a statement.
"It's great to see that the federal overseer is more aggressively pursuing its oversight role," says Peter Stockton, POGO Senior Investigator. "But, the true test of how rigorous the government will be in holding the Lab to high security standards will be whether LASO significantly cuts LANL's contract performance fees for FY09."
Just a reminder: This all follows repeated security breaches at a facility that's supposed to be one of the most security in the country. This from July 2007:
"The elements of the story were irresistable. A top secret nuclear weapons lab. A drug investigation. And classified documents discovered in a trailer, after police responded to a domestic disturbance.
"It was all there in articles last week about a security breach at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
"On Friday, the U.S. Department of Energy recommended a record $3 million fine against the University of California, the contractor that ran the place. The energy department's National Nuclear Security Administration found the university's security procedures were riddled with gaps."
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