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A NASA laptop containing personal records of thousands of employees and contractors was stolen two weeks ago. The computer, which contained a copy of workers' social security numbers among other information, was taken from a locked car near NASA HQ in Washington DC on 31 October, according to a leaked email. The laptop was …

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Computer Security - It's Not Rocket Science!

Computer Security - It's Not Rocket Science!

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Re: Computer Security - It's Not Rocket Science!

Have another up vote David

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Why was it on the laptop in the first place?

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Bill, you hit the nail straight on. Why do we constantly hear about laptops gone missing with loads of personal information on them? I would hope (I know, it's wishful thinking gone to the extreme) that files full of personal data wouldn't be allowed to go walkabout on some functionary's laptop. There shouldn't be a need for it.

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...demands full-disk encryption...

after locking horse the like gate It's the bolted. has

I imagine that's what it looks like after drinking enough beers.

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Re: ...demands full-disk encryption...

The whole world works like that...

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Stolen eh?

I thought most government laptops that went missing were lost. Of course usually they get lost just as the offspring of the government employee in charge of said laptop heads off to university. Probably no need to worry as the drive is likely filled with porn and music by now.

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Re: Stolen eh?

You haven't spent much time in D.C. have you?

Not kidding, this summer I filled up a gas can to fuel up my lawn mower and walked around the car to air up a tire and when I got back around the car the gas can was gone. Poof. Gone. Taken by one of the zillions of thieves that inhabit D.C.

It is really too bad. The city could be so nice but you've always got to watch yourself or get your stuff stolen or your life taken. In two more years I'm outta here and I ain't looking back.

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Re: Stolen eh?

What do expect in a city entirely populated by politcians

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NASA needs a fix

How about hiring Gary McKinnon? He sees to know his way about their systems.

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WTF?

The fact this doesn't have a capitalised "in ssspppaaaaaaacccccceeeeee" title disappoints me greatly.

Please correct this glaring ommision, even if it wasn't actually stolen in space.

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