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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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    Anonymous Coward, 26 May 2006 @ 10:17am

    Re: Stolen Laptop

    Oh for crying out loud... when the DOD changed our Service Numbers to be our SSN you had your SSN written on the face of every check you cashed at the Post PX or Navy Exchange.

    Apply some common sense and flag your new vulnerability to the Credit Bureaus and quit worrying abou suing somebody. Sheesh.

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