Wednesday, June 8, 2011

West Valley computer thefts: random or industrial espionage?

WEST VALLEY CITY — Was it a simple break-in or industrial espionage? A heist in West Valley City may be one for the conspiracy theorists.

An engineering firm with military contracts had a half-dozen of its most critical computers stolen in a burglary sometime before the business opened Tuesday morning.

El Dorado Engineering creates equipment used to dispose of old munitions. The company has contracts with the U.S. military, NATO and Belgium, among others. It has secret military clearance.

All the computers stolen were critical to the business. Some were used for accounting. Others were utilized for engineering and had special capabilities to work with 3D programs.

“You lose so much information, because everybody’s work is on their computers,” company president Ralph Hayes said.


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