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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    Mike (profile), 26 May 2006 @ 11:52am

    Re: Yeah...

    I tend to agree with the posts at the top. A definite faux pas, there, Mike. Twice, too, it seems.

    Are you serious? It was the VA that lost the data. It was the VA who claimed that no one would know about it and it was the VA that then went out and told everyone how valuable it was and promoted it everywhere.

    To blame *us* for anything is just bizarre.

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