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VMI Reviewing Sales of Surplus ComputersLEXINGTON, Va., Nov. 4, 2013 – Virginia Military Institute is reviewing sales records and is contacting some purchasers of computers sold at surplus auctions last month to determine if those machines contain hard drives that have not been erased.
VMI’s procedures call for the hard drives of computers to be erased or removed from the machines and destroyed before the computers are sold, said Col. Stewart MacInnis, the Institute’s spokesman.
“We have contacted the Virginia Information Technology Agency concerning this and will keep them informed if we discover any sensitive information was on the machines,” MacInnis said. “We believe the computers do not include sensitive information, such as personal information about our cadets or employees.”
Out of 365 computers sold, the status of the hard drives of 16 is currently unknown; however, MacInnis said the ongoing records review will likely eliminate a number of them as items of concern. VMI is in the process of contacting the buyers of computers of concern, he said.
The computers were sold at surplus auctions held in Lexington on Oct. 5 and Oct. 26.