State broadcaster, TVNZ, is reporting that a New Zealand man has gained access to personal information, including names and social security numbers, of American soldiers after buying an MP3 player, which cost him $18, from a thrift shop in Oklahoma.
Chris Ogle, from Whangerei, plugged in the MP3 to his computer and found 60 files in total. Among the information, he found lists of soldiers based in Afghanistan, and mobile phone numbers for soldiers based overseas. It has been confirmed, by TVNZ, to be active numbers.
In November of last year, the US Defence Department banned the use of portable data storage devices.
The release of its contents, however, is “prohibited” by US federal law. The US Army and the American Embassy in New Zealand have not commented on the TVNZ’s story.