A German Army Laptop Sold for €90 on eBay – With Military Secrets


A decommissioned German army laptop sold on eBay for €90 contained classified military data, including ways to defeat a mobile air defense system in use today.

The laptop was bought from IT recycling firm Bingen by G Data, a prominent German software security firm, which detailed the incident in a March 16 blog.

Worryingly for the Bundeswehr, not only did it contain sensitive information, but administrative software was protected with the robust password “guest”. (The laptop itself, running the obsolete Windows 2000, was not password-protected).

As of 2019, it has apparently been strict policy that before any German

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