VA laptop recovered; FBI says data not accessed

The government has recovered a stolen
laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5
million veterans and military personnel.

The FBI said Thursday there is no evidence that anyone accessed Social Security numbers and other data on the equipment.

Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, in announcing the recovery of the
computer, said there have been no reports of identity theft stemming
from the May 3 burglary at a VA employee's Maryland home.

FBI, in a statement from its Baltimore field office, said a preliminary
review of the equipment by its computer forensic teams “has determined
that the data base remains intact and has not been accessed since it
was stolen.” More tests were planned, however.

Nicholson said the laptop and hard drive were turned in to the FBI. No suspects were in custody.

From CNN.  So some punk kid who broke into his house finally watched the news and figured he better turn it in.  Good move.  I know this will make many veterens very happy.


Author: Xavier Ashe

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0 thoughts on “VA laptop recovered; FBI says data not accessed”

  1. I'd love to know why someone at the VA needed to carry the details of the 26 million verterans around with them? Surely its not the typical set of information you need on a long, slow plane ride back to DC.
    And an even better question might be, how on earth did they gain access to a database of information that size for download?
    I understand that the VA has a document and records management problem right now. It seems that they should fix their security issues before putting anything else into electronic form!


  2. I was told this by a friend that heard this while working there, so it's all hearsay… The VA does have a policy against this. The guy that took the data was a lazy programmer who copied the data locally so he could work from home and didn't have to connect via the VPN. Like I've always said, security would be easy if it wasn't for those damn employees.


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