L-3 division accused of snooping through e-mail

Air Force investigating allegations that the company copied and stored e-mails to gain competitive advantage

The Air Force is investigating allegations that a division of L-3 Communications Inc. read e-mail messages of employees, government workers and other contractors.

The unit, Special Support Programs Division, has been barred from new federal contracts or orders, according to Bloomberg Businessweek, which quoted an Air Force memo.

L-3 managed the military network and copied and stored e-mail messages to collect information on upcoming competitions, Businessweek reported.

The company is cooperating with the investigation, a spokeswoman told the magazine.

L-3 is ranked No. 8 on the 2010 Washington Technology Top 100 list of the largest government contractors.

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Reader Comments

Fri, Jun 25, 2010 lynn fwb

...so what like it doesnt happen everyday everywhere...and company emails are NOT private people..i knlow someone who L3Com gave a job to, not knowing, obviously, that this lazy man had been on workmans comp for over 11 years..and is now working it ONCE AGAIN..sitting on his lazy fat ass at home, only this time instead of back problems, he and his useless doctors have decided to use the "bad knee" idea...!!!

Thu, Jun 17, 2010 Codewalker anywhereanytime

it takes gov a serious view as to modern commerces unethical actions to wake up. if the world knew how much competitive info L3 and others furnish with respect to competitive bidding heads would literally role. Ethics and fairness have been lost in the world and more each day as the world econ's destable, before you know it, people will sell the color of your grandma's stockings for a buck...in the end of all this BS, God will set all right...

Wed, Jun 16, 2010

Is this a surprise? Corporations exist to make profits, so they will do what they see as being most effective in accomplishing that goal.

Wed, Jun 16, 2010 Frank Matt Tucson, AZ

L3 employees copying and storing e-mails to gain a competitive advantage is an illegal/criminal act right? Wonder if anyone from L3 will go to jail on this one or will L3 simply be barred…more importantly how many more companies are doing the same thing and where?

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