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US Secret Service probed over lost computer files

Published on Dec 8, 2012 9:03 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US Secret Service said on Friday that it is under investigation by the Department of Homeland Security over the loss of computer files on the Washington Metro system.

In 2008, a contract employee lost two computer tapes on the Metro while transporting them from one facility to another, Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan said. The investigation was first reported by CNN and Fox News.

The Secret Service notified transit police and the Department of Homeland Security, but were unable to locate the tapes. The backup tapes were not marked or identified and were protected by many layers of security, Donovan said.

"It was a low risk for compromise," Mr Donovan said.

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