"You'd think a security contractor that constantly deals with very secret proprietary information would probably want to wipe their drives," [Blake] Sifton said Tuesday.
He visited Ghana for 10 days in February with classmates Heba Elasaad and Krysia Collyer and Prof. Dan McKinney while making the documentary Ghana: Digital Dumping Ground for an international reporting course.
Special skills or software weren't required to access the data, said Peter Klein, who teaches the international reporting course and supervised the documentary project.
"We plugged them in and started reading files .... They were just sitting there."
Northrop Grumman declined to be interviewed by the students, but said it was looking into how the hard drive got to the Ghanaian market, and asked the students to return it, which they did not.
Reports: Northrop Grumman hard drive sold in Ghana for $40
Source: CBCCanadian journalism students got access to Pentagon contract data after buying a possibly stolen Northrop Grumman hard drive in a market in Ghana, according to the CBC. Here's excerpts from the story below:
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