Stolen data reveal undercover cops

Thursday, 22 August 2002, 1:21 AM EST

Information about undercover narcotics officers, U.S. Secret Service employees, Department of Defense special agents and hundreds of other local and federal law enforcement workers was revealed when the data from Audio Intelligence Devices Inc.’s files were posted on the Internet.

The Florida-based private company sells highly specialized video surveillance equipment and teaches spy courses to federal agencies and local police forces in the United States, and to some foreign governments.

Lon D. Guarino, Vice President, Sales & Marketing for Audio Intelligence Devices did not answer questions about the incident, but in an e-mail to MSNBC.com defended the company’s security practices.

“Contrary to any recent reports, Audio Intelligence Devices is confident in its current security practices and treats its customer information with complete confidentiality,” Guarino wrote. “We are actively investigating the origin of the information in question at this time.”

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