Data on Millions of Veterans Stolen

The old gray stallion ain’t what he used to be…

26.5 million veterans records, including Social Security numbers, were compromised during a burglary at the residence of a Department of Veterans Affairs data analyst who improperly took the material home.

The theft took place earlier this month but was not reported as it might have impaired the police’s efforts, said the police.

“They believe that this was a random burglary and not targeted at this data,” Veteran Affairs spokesman Nicholson said, nothing there had been a series of burglaries in the community where the employee lived.

There is no evidence that the data has been used to perpetuate identity theft, as of yet.

[via CNN] (Thanks to CMStrapz and Melsky!)


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  1. Andrew W says:

    Sigh, how awful.

    It seems like every two or three months we see this same story–employee takes home a storage device with private data, device gets lost or stolen. Would it be reasonable to think there are hundreds of other instances of this happening every day that don’t result in loss or theft? What can be done to have stronger safeguards against employees’ being lazy with private data?

  2. non-meat-stick says:

    maybe if their superiors would lay off then they wouldn’t have to take this stuff out of the office?

  3. OkiMike says:

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

    Don’t take your fucking work home!!

  4. Melsky says:

    It makes me wonder what they planned on doing with all that info themselves. Were they just working overtime or did they have a reason for wanting access to all that information without being monitored at work?