By Dan Goodin in San Francisco
12th December 2008 22:26 GMT
A Blackberry containing sensitive information belonging to the
now-defunct presidential campaign of John McCain has made its way into
the hands of a Fox 5 reporter, who was able to purchase the unwiped
device for a mere $20.
The Blackberry, which was sold this week during a liquidation sale,
contained some 50 phone numbers of people connected to the campaign and
hundreds of emails that spanned from September until a few days
following the November 4 election.
"Given the way the campaign was run, this is not a surprise," a staffer
contacted by Fox 5 said.
There's another reason it doesn't come as a shock that the electronic
device was sold without first being purged of its digital secrets: After
all, McCain in July confessed he was still "learning to get online" and
"becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information
that I need."
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