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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    tom, 26 May 2006 @ 8:27am

    Business rules can and need to be put in place so

    when are companies going to learn not to store sensitive information on laptops or PC.s there is no reason for this. This information can be stored on a secure network server. People loose or have their laptop stolen all the time. Business rules can and need to be put in place so this will not happen or at least makes it much more difficult. Companies should be forced to pay large fines for handling data so poorly and people should go to jail for covering it up or not reporting it in a timely manner.

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