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[Dataloss] 4, 000 Social Security numbers potentially exposed in VA mismailing

From: kirniki (kirnikigmail.com)
Date: Thu Oct 14 2010 - 19:11:02 CDT


A Veterans Benefit Administration office in Boston sent 6,299 benefit
summary letters to the wrong addresses in August, more than half of
them containing complete social security numbers.

Of the letters, 3,936 contained all nine digits of someone else's
social security number, and 2,386 contained the VBA claim number of
veterans based in the state. That's according to an update on data
breaches the VA sends to Congress each month. The report blames the
incident on a programming error.

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