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[Dataloss] [update] VA Missing Hard Drive in Birmingham, Ala.
From: Dissent (Dissentpogowasright.org)
Date: Sun Feb 11 2007 - 19:01:49 CST
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on Sunday issued an update on
the information potentially contained on a missing government-owned,
portable hard drive used by a VA employee at a Department facility in
VA and VA's Office of Inspector General have learned that data files
the employee was working with may have included sensitive VA-related
information on approximately 535,000 individuals. The investigation
has also determined that information on approximately 1.3 million
non-VA physicians both living and deceased could have been stored
on the missing hard drive. It is believed though, that most of the
physician information is readily available to the public. Some of the
files, however, may contain sensitive information.
VA continues to examine data on the employee's work computer. The
employee has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome
of the investigation. VA has no information the data has been
misused. Birmingham Update
Next week, VA will begin making notifications to individuals whose
sensitive information may have been on the hard drive. VA is also
making arrangements to provide one year of free credit monitoring to
those whose information proves compromised.
On January 22, the employee, who works at the Birmingham (Ala.) VA
Medical Center, reported the external hard drive was missing. On
January 23, VA's IG was notified. The OIG opened a criminal
investigation, sent special agents to the medical center, and
notified the FBI. VA's Office of Information & Technology in
Washington, D.C. also dispatched an incident response team to investigate.
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