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Thousands of laptops stolen from US military contractor

Over 3,000 laptops were stolen from a US Special Operations Command contractor in March, according to a Florida-based newspaper
Written by Jack Clark, Contributor on

Over 3,000 laptops were stolen from a military contractor for the US Special Operations Command in March, according to a newspaper report.

A crew of thieves stole the equipment from iGov Technologies over nine hours on 8 March. The company helps develop the Special Operations Command's (SOCOM) tactical local area network (TACLAN). It won a $300m (£196m) contract to develop the technology in 2005 and in February 2010 the contract maximum was increased to $450m, according to military news service Defense Industry Daily.

Details of the theft emerged when the St Petersburg Times,aFlorida-based newspaper, found information about the crime within a search warrant filed in Hillsborough County Circuit Court, which sought the phone records for one of the suspects in the heist.

The investigation led the FBI and Miami-Dade police department to a warehouse in Miami that had been used to store the stolen property, where 1,911 items were recovered. A SOCOM spokeswoman told the St Petersburg Times that officials are aware of the iGov break-in, but could provide no immediate response.

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