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U.S. Consulate in Israel Auctions Sensitive Information




U.S. Consulate in Israel Auctions Sensitive Information
U.S. Consulate in Israel Auctions Sensitive Information



http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2009/01/us-consulate-in.html 

By Kim Zetter 
Threat Level
Wired.com
January 28, 2009

Who needs to hack a database when you can get information the 
old-fashioned, low-tech way?

The U.S. consulate in Israel held an auction in December 2005 to get rid 
of old furniture and reportedly sold cabinets containing hundreds of 
files with Social Security numbers of U.S. Marines and state department 
staff stationed in Israel. The files also included U.S. State Department 
bank account numbers and documents tracking the U.S. funding of local 
political movements, such as Shalom Achshav, Peace Now.

Among the files was a dossier marked "Secret" detailing an encounter 
between a U.S. Marine and a young Israeli woman in a Jerusalem hotel 
bar.

The woman who bought the filing cabinets, an American-Israeli, held on 
silently to her trove until last fall when an event involving her son's 
Israeli army unit angered her and she approached reporters. The U.S. 
consulate asked for her to return the files, but she refused until the 
Israeli police intervened and threatened her with unspecified charges.

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