May 22, 2006

25 Million + Veteran's Data Stolen.

Via Mike Hampton :

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported Monday that a laptop computer containing the names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of over 26,000,000 veterans was stolen from the home of an employee who had taken the data home without authorization.

In response, the VA is sending the following letter (PDF) to veterans whose names were on the list. It has also published a list of Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) about the data breach, as if they already know what questions will be frequently asked.

I hate laptops. You call a box of chicklets a workstation? One company I’m familiar with can encrypt the whole PC for you. They are called Pointsec. I’m sure there are more.

By Howie at 04:01 PM | Comments |