VA Reminds Thief How Valuable Stolen Data Is

from the perhaps-not-the-best-plan dept

Earlier this week, we noted that the Department of Veterans Affairs seemed to be hoping that whoever stole a laptop and hard-drive with lots of veterans' private info was too stupid to know what they had stolen. However, it seems they're doing their very best to make sure everyone realizes it's quite valuable. They've now put up a $50,000 reward for any info leading to the recovery of the data. Of course, should the thief hear about this, then what's to stop him (or her) from simply copying the data and then figuring out a way to return the laptop and get the $50,000? Not that security through obscurity was likely to work in this case, but it seems sort of odd that they were so adamant that thief likely had no idea how valuable the data was -- and then put a price on it and blasted it all over the news.

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    Mr.Clarke, 25 May 2006 @ 10:01pm

    Re:

    no,
    it's the bird brain at the dept of veterans affairs that took the files home on the pc that is responsible for my name and social and claim number being compromised.

    no one else, he or she is the one guilty of criminal behavior.

    what's that jerks name? that's what i want to know.

    so i guess i just keep paying Wells Fargo to monitor my personal information on the national credit bureaus.

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