Records of 26.5 Million Veterans Stolen
In what may be the largest security breach of personal data, the electronic records of 26.5 million U.S. veterans were stolen earlier this month from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee.
A file, containing the names, birthdates and Social Security numbers of living servicemen discharged since 1975 and some of their spouses were taken from the home of a career civil servant who had taken the data home with him. No financial or medical records were included in the data.
Jim Nicholson, secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs said the analyst was not authorized to take the data home. Nicholson said agency believed this was a random burglary, not designed to obtain information for identity theft.
The VA plans to send letters to every veteran notifying them of the theft; he urged all veterans to monitor their credit card and bank accounts. And for more information, the VA has set up a Web site to address the situation.
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