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[Dataloss] IDs of Active-Duty Military Personnel on Stolen VA Laptop
From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Mon Jun 05 2006 - 15:47:44 CDT
(The saga continues. As mentioned in the story, this goes beyond the
initial VA report.)
June 04. 2006 1:38PM
By Hope Yen, Associated Press
Personal data on up to 50,000 active Navy and National Guard personnel were
among those stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month, the government
said Saturday in a disclosure that goes beyond what VA initially reported.
VA Secretary Jim Nicholson said in a statement that his agency discovered after
an internal investigation that the names, Social Security numbers and dates of
birth of up to 20,000 National Guard and Reserve personnel who were on at least
their second active-duty call-up were "potentially included."
In addition, the same information on up to 30,000 active-duty Navy personnel
who completed their first enlistment term prior to 1991 also were believed to
stored on the computer laptop and disks stolen from a VA data analyst at his
Aspen Hill, Md., home on May 3.
The VA has previously said the stolen data involved up to 26.5 million veterans
discharged since 1975, as well as some of their spouses; veterans discharged
before 1975 also were deemed at risk if they submitted claims to the agency.
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