Last year, we noted that in almost every publicized case of a data leak, there was almost always a correction a few weeks later boosting the number of impacted people, often by large amounts. That's certainly true in the case of the stolen laptop and hard drive from a Veterans Affairs employee. When the story first came out, everyone was told that it only contained the data for veterans. Not so, apparently. The VA has now admitted that the stolen data includes information on 2.2 million military personnel as well, including approximately 80% of the nation's active-duty forces. Perhaps it's time to add current soldiers to the new lawsuit filed on behalf of veterans. In the meantime, these repeated stories of stolen laptops should cause some to wonder why those with such important data on laptops don't do the simplest things to protect the data.
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