Thanks to Skip Bell for this breaking news. Heads up everyone!! Bill Baty
From: Carl Bell
; Bill Baty
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 2:16 PM
Subject: Veterans Data Stolen
Please post this on the web sites. This could potentially affect a lot of us.
From: Mark Watts
Sent: Monday, May 22, 2006 14:08
To: Carl Bell
Veterans Data Stolen
Since you are a Veterant also, and since the potential impact of this is pretty large I thought I would forward this
too you so you and others can be on the lookout for theft of their identity.
“The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently learned that an employee, a data analyst, took home electronic
data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do. This behavior was in violation of our policies. This data contained
identifying information including names, social security numbers, and dates of birth for up to 26.5 million veterans and some
spouses, as well as some disability ratings. Importantly, the affected data did not include any of VA's electronic health
records nor any financial information. The employee's home was burglarized and this data was stolen. The employee has
been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation. ”
The impact is potentially substantial as the information covers 26.5 million vets.