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McCain Campaign Closing Oops - Selling Blackberries with Confidential Data Still on Them

BY Sarah Granger | Sunday, December 14 2008

FOX 5 of Washington D.C. went to the McCain/Palin campaign fire sale in Arlington, Virginia on Thursday and purchased a couple of dead Blackberries. After powering them up with new batteries, the reporters found that normal security protocols that should have been adhered to by the campaign to remove data from the devices had been glossed over. They found them full of confidential campaign contact information as well as some e-mail.

Although the campaign shrugged it off as "staff error", they had already sold several mobile devices and computers in the sale. So the question remains: how much campaign data is still out there? According to the FOX report, "most of the numbers were private cell phones for campaign leaders, politicians, lobbyists and journalists." They're still collecting information on whether more electronic data was sold off accidentally on campaign hardware.

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