By Doug Beizer
Sept 02, 2009
Who is sending unsolicited laptop computers to governors' offices, and
The FBI is investigating the unexpected deliveries that were sent to
governors' offices in at least 10 states, according to media reports.
Investigators are trying to determine if the machines contain malware or
programming that would allow someone remote access to secure networks.
Governors in West Virginia, Vermont, Wyoming and Washington received
three to five laptops each, according to the Associated Press. Shipments
to governors in six other states were intercepted, according to The
West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin received four Compaq computers in
Hewlett-Packard boxes on Aug. 5, according to a report in the Charleston
Gazette. His office turned the computers over to the West Virginia State
Police, who are also involved in the investigation, according to the
HP officials are aware of the orders and said they are linked to fraud,
according to the Inquirer report.
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