Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Veterans Affairs Missing Another Computer

According to a Department of Veterans Affairs press release, a subcontractor has lost a desktop computer containing personal information on some veterans

The VA says it was notified on Thursday, August 3, by the subcontractor, Unisys Corporation, that the computer was missing from its Reston, Va., offices.

They estimate the computer held information on 16,000 living patients, with an additional 20,000 a possibility.

The desktop computer apparently contained patients' names, addresses, Social Security Numbers, dates of birth, insurance carriers and billing information, dates of military service, and claims data that may include some medical information.

According to the VA, personnel took immediate steps to notify the appropriate senior VA leadership, including the Secretary and Deputy Secretary, appropriate congressional offices and committees, VA's Office of the Inspector General and other law enforcement authorities, including the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security's Computer Emergency Response Team.


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