Scams

by Mike Masnick




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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    Oh brother, 26 May 2006 @ 9:43am

    And we call ourselves the most intelligent life fo

    At least the one good thing is, they haven't released to much information. The bad thing is now every criminal who has stolen a laptop will be looking at their "earnings" trying to see if they were the one. So, despite the press not releasing to much info, they've already released enough information to cause problems.

    You have a security breach, don't tell the press, go to the law enforcement agency and solve the crime, then tell the press once the breach has been resolved and the information is back in the right hands.

    Or, go on TV or put an ad in the paper with let every reader/watcher know your SSN, DOB, Name and Credit Card number.

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