Monday, July 03, 2006

Laptop Found! Data On Veterans Not Accessed!

I found this story sort of late and had not seen or heard this bit of news till today. - It hit the street on 29Jun06 - So I figure there might be others like me that missed it.

As a veteran I'm not sure if any info with my name attached was on the dang thing but it did make me feel a bit uneasy...
~~~~~ has this on the stolen laptop that contained data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel.


WASHINGTON (AP) --The government has recovered the stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel. The FBI said Thursday there is no evidence that anyone accessed Social Security numbers and other data on the equipment.

The FBI, in a statement from its Baltimore field office, said a preliminary review of the equipment by its computer forensic teams "has determined that the data base remains intact and has not been accessed since it was stolen." More tests were planned, however.

...the laptop and hard drive were turned in Wednesday (Jun 28, 2006) to the FBI by an unidentified person in response to the $50,000 reward offer. No suspects were in custody

prying1 sez: This shows that security needs to be beefed up and more care needs to be taken by those with access to data that could ruin peoples happiness, joy, and sanity. - Not to mention pocketbooks. This laptop was just a drop in the bucket of personal information that is stolen and abused. - I suggest people keep up on what the bad guys are up to by visiting Fraud, Phishing and Financial Misdeeds at least weekly if not daily! -

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