Commerce Department destroys $170K worth of computer equipment

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The Department of Commerce spent $170,000 to disconnect and destroy a computer system that apparently had nothing wrong with it, NextGov says.

In 2012, officials say they discovered that malicious software had infected equipment at the department's Economic Development Administration, according to an internal department audit.

However, more than a year later, a department Inspector General's report concluded that there was no "widespread malware infection" that necessitated isolation or destruction of the infrastructure.

In the report, officials were cited as saying that the risk of malware - that ended up not existing - was large enough to force them to destroy $170,000 worth of desktop computers, printers, televisions, cameras and peripherals.


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