Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/12/12/mccain_blackberry/

McCain campaign sells unwiped Blackberry for $20

Reporter's windfall includes hundreds of emails

By Dan Goodin

Posted in Government, 12th December 2008 22:26 GMT

A Blackberry containing sensitive information belonging to the now-defunct presidential campaign of John McCain has made its way into the hands of a Fox 5 reporter, who was able to purchase the unwiped device for a mere $20.

The Blackberry, which was sold this week during a liquidation sale, contained some 50 phone numbers of people connected to the campaign and hundreds of emails that spanned from September until a few days following the November 4 election.

"Given the way the campaign was run, this is not a surprise," a staffer contacted by Fox 5 said.

There's another reason it doesn't come as a shock that the electronic device was sold without first being purged of its digital secrets: After all, McCain in July confessed he was still "learning to get online" and "becoming computer literate to the point where I can get the information that I need."

We only wonder what's still stored on the laptops that sold for $600. ®