VA Hopes Data Thieves Are Stupid

from the one-way-to-protect-data dept

While there's been plenty of talk about how a VA employee brought lots of confidential personal data home with him only to have it all stolen in a burglary, some are noticing that the VA's response has been a bit odd. While they're giving the standard talk about how you should check your credit reports and watch for any suspicious activity, they're also going around and telling people they probably shouldn't worry because the thieves probably have no idea what they stole. Of course, now that they're blasting it all over the internet, perhaps the crooks will be alerted to what they stole. Either way, it seems like a pretty weak response to not protecting the data.

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    Frink, 23 May 2006 @ 7:40pm

    You have to believe that the person in possession of this information now knows the value of it and will auction it off to the highest bidder. Name, date of birth and Social Security numbers will get someone a lot of return from identity theft.

    Makes me happy that I was skipped over in the very first draft lottery. My number came up as 332 out of 365. It also makes me very concerned for the millions of Vets at risk. The government will show very little concern and probably be able to do very little to help these victims. There is no excuse for this sort of security security lapse.

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