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Mon May 22, 2006 14:57

 
Data on 26.5M US veterans stolen
United Press International - 19 minutes ago
WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The US Department of Veterans Affairs Monday said personal information on some 26.5 million veterans and spouses has been stolen. The Cabinet-level agency, in a release, said one ...
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Data on 26.5M U.S. veterans stolen

WASHINGTON, May 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Monday said personal information on some 26.5 million veterans and spouses has been stolen.

The Cabinet-level agency, in a release, said one of its data analysts took home information including names, Social Security numbers and dates of birth of millions of veterans. The data was stolen from the analyst's house, the Department of Veterans Affairs said.

The VA added that the information didn't include electronic health records or financial information.

The data analyst, who was not authorized to take such information to his house, has been placed on administrative leave.

"Authorities believe it is unlikely the perpetrators targeted the items because of any knowledge of the data contents," the VA said in the release. "It is possible that they remain unaware of the information which they posses or of how to make use of it. However, out of an abundance of caution, the VA is taking all possible steps to protect and inform our veterans."

The White House Identity Theft Task Force scheduled a meeting to "coordinate the comprehensive federal response," the VA said.

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Electronic Records of 26.5 Million Veterans Stolen, US Says
Bloomberg - 44 minutes ago
May 22 (Bloomberg) -- Electronic records of 26.5 million US military veterans were stolen from the home of a data analyst for the Department of Veterans Affairs ...
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