The nuclear weapons lab at Los Alamos, N.M., is missing 69 computers, including at least a dozen that were stolen last year, the AP is reporting.
Among the missing computers are three stolen from a scientist’s home last month and a Blackberry lost in “a sensitive foreign country” in the last two months, according to a lab memo regarding the computers.
No classified information was on the computers, but they contain names and addresses that could pose security problems.
The lab is reviewing its computer security practices.
I’d have thought that computers at nuclear weapons labs would be, you know, secure. Or at least equipped with self-destruct buttons.
If these scientists aren’t more carefully with their computers, rogue countries like North Korea and Iran might be able to make a nuclear weapon. Then where would we be?
You know, 69 sounds like a lot of missing computers, but it’s not as big a number as it seems. As many as 80 computers were missing initially, and they were able to find 11 of them. Now, 80 — that’s a big number.