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A German press report revealed that the German army sold a laptop device that still contained classified information. The information is classified as "confidential and restricted only to official use" and is related to the "March" rocket launchers manual, the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Saturday (July 6, 2019). The contents of the hard drive (the main storage unit) appeared to have not been erased before the sale, the newspaper said.

For its part, the Ministry of Defense announced to the newspaper that it is not possible to "develop any sensitive information" from describing the missile launchers. According to the newspaper, the buyer, a Bavarian forest official, had purchased four laptop computers that were to be auctioned in 2018 through the Ebay site of the German government-owned Vibig Recycling Company.

The rocket launcher operating system was installed on one of these four devices and could be opened by entering another username as a password. He informed the ministry of what he found in the body in March.

The ministry told the paper that it had subjected the technology equipment to be recycled after the man complained "to a thorough test" and proved that the company sold in 2016 other devices did not erase hard drive data, but did not prove that the data on it was also confidential.

The newspaper said that the ministry began to restore the devices through the company "Vibig," and pointed out that the man the forest official had returned a device but still retains the other three devices.

H / H / AAH (dpa)

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