By MICHAEL HINKELMAN
Philadelphia Daily News
Jan. 14, 2009
A one-time computer aide for Vince Fumo testified yesterday at the
former state senator's federal corruption trial that Fumo had directed
him to "wipe" all the BlackBerries in Fumo's Harrisburg office after a
January 2004 newspaper article reported that the FBI was investigating
Mark C. Eister, a bespectacled computer geek, calmly told the jury that
he had been away taking training lessons on computer security at the
"After you go back from the training, did you do the wipes?" asked
Assistant U.S. Attorney John Pease.
"Yes, yes, I do recall going around the office and doing wipes," Eister
said. Wiping involves using software to erase traces of deleted files,
including e-mails, from computers or hand-held devices.
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