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Hard drive that may contain personal data on veterans missing in Birmingham, Ala.




Hard drive that may contain personal data on veterans missing in Birmingham, Ala.
Hard drive that may contain personal data on veterans missing in Birmingham, Ala.



http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/nation/20070202-2112-securitybreach.html 

ASSOCIATED PRESS
February 2, 2007

WASHINGTON -- A portable hard drive that may contain the personal 
information of up to 48,000 veterans may have been stolen, the 
Department of Veterans Affairs and a lawmaker said Friday.

An employee at the VA medical center in Birmingham, Ala. reported the 
external hard drive missing on Jan. 22. The drive was used to back up 
information on the employee's office computer. It may have contained 
data from research projects, the department said.

The employee also said the hard drive may have had personal information 
on some veterans, although portions of the data were protected. 
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Jim Nicholson said that the VA and the FBI 
are investigating.

Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said that the personal information of up to 
48,000 veterans was on the hard drive and the records of up to 20,000 of 
them were not encrypted.

Pending results of the investigation, VA is planning to send individual 
notifications and to provide a year of free credit monitoring to anyone 
whose information is compromised.


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