For 15 days in late 2009, internet users in 36 countries including China, Russia, Iran and Pakistan viewed sensitive information about US weapons technology that was supposed to be for American eyes only, writes Daniel Golden for Bloomberg.
The disclosure came from a Georgia Institute of Technology course for federal employees and contractors on infrared technology used in weapons-aiming systems for aircraft, ships and tanks. Asked by instructor David Schmieder to copy the course onto a DVD, Georgia Tech’s media staff instead uploaded it to servers.
The lapse illustrates how colleges and federal arms control regulators are often lax in enforcing Americans-only limits intended to prevent theft of military technology from US campuses. Foreign governments are targeting universities to “obtain restricted information or products”, the FBI said in a 2011 report.
Full report on the Bloomberg site
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