A trail of mishaps

The Energy Department's Los Alamos National Laboratory has a long history of security lapses involving classified removable electronic media, such as removable hard drives and Zip disks. Here's the recent history:

May 7: Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham announced security plans that call for disk-free computer workstations.

May 20: Los Alamos administrators reported a missing disk.

July 9: Los Alamos administrators reported two missing disks.

July 17: Project on Government Oversight, a nonprofit watchdog group, reported that Los Alamos employees sent 17 e-mails containing classified information over an unsecured network during a period of several months.

July 23: Abraham called for a departmentwide halt to classified laboratory operations. Administrators placed 19 Los Alamos employees under investigation after two more removable disks containing classified data turned up missing.

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