PBS Frontline: Ghana – Digital Dumping Ground

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on July 12, 2009

PBS.org FRONTLINE – Ghana, Digital Dumping Ground: “When containers of old computers first began arriving in West Africa a few years ago, Ghanaians welcomed what they thought were donations to help bridge the digital divide. But soon exporters learned to exploit the loopholes by labeling junk computers “donations”…[What is on the hard drives from this junk PCs'?] There is private financial data…credit card numbers, account information, records of online transactions the original owners may not have realized were even there. Ghana is listed by the U.S. State Department as one of the top sources of cyber crime in the world. And it’s not just individuals who are exposed. One of the drives the team has purchased contains a $22 million government contract. It turns out the drive came from Northrop Grumman, one of America’s largest military contractors. And it contains details about sensitive, multi-million dollar U.S. government contracts. They also find contracts with the defense intelligence agency, NASA, even Homeland Security.”

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