January 27, 2009

U.S. military files on MP3 player

A New Zealand man said he discovered personal information on U.S. soldiers and other military data on an MP3 player he bought at an Oklahoma thrift store.

Chris Ogle said he purchased the music player for $9 about a year ago and discovered after hooking it up to his computer a few weeks ago that it contained phone numbers, Social Security numbers and addresses belonging to U.S. soldiers as well as documents that appeared to be mission briefings and equipment lists for Iraq and Afghanistan, CNN reported Tuesday.

The more I look at it, the more I see, and the less I think I should be, Ogle told TVNZ.

U.S. defense officials said they are aware of the MP3 player and an investigation has been opened to determine the origin of the data.

Ogle said he is keeping the music player in a safe place and would return the item to U.S. officials if asked.