DOE halts classified computing

The Energy Department this month temporarily halted all classified computing work at
three of its nuclear weapons laboratories while it reviews security measures.

On April 1, the Los Alamos National Laboratory in Los Alamos, N.M., began a stand-down
of all classified computing except for those necessary for safety and security, lab
director John C. Browne said.

“This step is part of our plan to provide the best possible computer security for
our classified work,” Browne said.

Energy also stopped classified computing work at the Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory in Livermore, Calif., and the Sandia National Laboratory in Albuquerque, N.M.

In the wake of the espionage scandal at Los Alamos, the department last month announced
seven steps to strengthen security and improve counterintelligence measures. Los Alamos on
March 8 fired Wen Ho Lee, a scientist in the Theoretics Division, for security infractions
[GCN, March 29, Page 1].  

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