One Veteran's Voice

22 May 2006

VA Security Breach

It appears the VA, the government department tasked to aid and support our soldiers, has experienced a security breach. (See http://firstgov.gov/veteransinfo.shtml)

According to the information release, "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 VA 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. [...] The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen."

The VA is working with other government agencies and news media to get the word out. I'm thinking that a rash of websites will soon crop up, claiming that for a minimal fee, the site will identify if the Vet's records were stolen and then provide info to better protect identity. I recommend that before anyone spends money falling for an internet scam, they see the government websites first.

It's great knowing that a failure on the warrior's part could mean a war at home; but then when we come home, a failure on the VA's part means a war on my finances and identity. No worries though, they aren't worth a damn anyway.

4 Other Voices:

Ole Blue The Heretic said...

Makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside with safe feelings.

;-)

5/23/2006 01:18:43 PM  
Floyd said...

I wonder if the robber knows what he got, oh well he does now. I heard it got everyone after 1975??

5/31/2006 12:06:17 AM  
Closet Door Dissident said...

Go to www.equifax.com to set up a credit alert and protect your credit. If there is a credit alert on your credit, it is VERY difficult to open accounts.

6/01/2006 11:59:33 PM  
ThePoetryMan said...

Hope all is well with you and yours and you are safe. Peace.

6/26/2006 03:36:33 PM  

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