FBI to Examine Content of Machines for Clues to D.C. Corruption Scandal
Federal authorities are investigating how two computer servers belonging to a D.C. office at the center of a corruption scandal wound up next to a commercial trash compactor in a Northwest Washington alley.
A building maintenance man found the three-foot-high servers -- labeled "PROPERTY OF D.C. OFFICE OF TAX AND REVENUE" -- early Wednesday in a trash alcove behind a Ruby Tuesday in Columbia Heights.
Servers are powerful computers that typically store vast databases or other records to be shared throughout a company or agency. Officials said they have yet to determine whether any personal information about the District's taxpayers, such as bank account and Social Security numbers, was stored on the servers, or how the equipment ended up in the alley. Servers are bulky, typically weighing 50 pounds or more.
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