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NASA Investigation Shows Security Holes

DATA LOSS—U.S.

December 9, 2010

An internal investigation has revealed "significant weaknesses in the sanitization and disposition processes" at NASA space and research centers, V3.co.uk reports, resulting in the release of 10 computers containing confidential data. While NASA policy states all computers that have stored NASA data must be wiped prior to being "reassigned, transferred or discarded," the report states, the investigation found managers at some sites were not informed if computers failed sanitization verification testing and, on some occasions, no testing was conducted. "In addition, we found computers at the Kennedy disposal facility that were being prepared for sale on which NASA internet protocol information was prominently displayed," the report said.
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