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More than 81 Million people exposed to personal identity theft May 23, 2006

Posted by Matsu in Information Technology, Management, News and politics, Security, Technology.

Since February 15, 2005 there has been incident after incident where personal data has been compromised or lost and exposed to potential identity theft. The entire list of incidents, which is growing far too quickly, can be found here.

For now, the last entry in that list is the VA data incident that happended on May 22, 2006.

"The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of our policies. This data contained identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some spouses, as well as some disability ratings. Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. "

Source: http://www.va.gov/

The latest incident, the loss of Veterans Affairs Administration records for more than 26 million veterans, was reported yesterday. Details on that incident can be found here.



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