“Error” exposes Veterans. Identity theft for 26 MILLION PEOPLE

Just read the comment below… and then realize how ridiculous it is for Jim Nicholson to be quoted saying what he says.
AS IF war wounds and post-traumatic stress were not enough, millions of US military veterans face the risk of identity theft. Personal data on 26.5 million veterans fell into the hands of criminals when a laptop and computer disks were stolen from a government official who had taken the information home without permission. The data contains the name, date of birth and social security number of everyone discharged from the American Armed Forces since 1975.
The security breach is second in scale only to the hacking attack on CardSystems Solutions last June, which compromised the accounts of 40 million credit card holders. But it is potentially even more damaging because the stolen information contains social security numbers, which can be used to obtain credit cards and loans in a victim’s name. … The data was apparently stolen on May 3 during a break-in at the home of a data analyst from the department. The burglars forced open a window and took the laptop, an external drive and a bag containing computer disks.
Jim Nicholson, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, said that investigators regarded the burglary as one in a series of random break-ins in the area. He said: “It’s highly probable that they do not know what they have.
No Jim, it’s highly probable that they DID not know what they have. Today, this is a HUGE news story, gracing the cover of USA Today and the Wall Street Journal. If they didn’t know before, they certainly are looking now.
And, here’s another bit of food for thought… What if the employee who “lost” this information wasn’t actually the victim of a random break-in? What if they orchestrated this break-in and are making $0.50 or more per stolen identity? I know of at least two web sites where the information could be sold for significantly more than that.
Tomorrow’s newspaper? The same old BS about shredding, being careful online, and blah, blah, blah. Lame answers to a HUGE problem.

 

4 Responses to ““Error” exposes Veterans. Identity theft for 26 MILLION PEOPLE”

  1. Anton Says:

    Wow that Identity theft awful in United States. Not same problem here in Russia. Identity Theft no problem because we have no social security numbers. Interesting post on Identity Theft.

  2. agent99 Says:

    Jim Nicholson’s comments have just become even more hilarious coming on the heels of this latest set of identity theft exposures affecting (4) different cities.
    http://idtheftsecrets.blogspot.com/2006/08/veterans-affairs-personal-data-mia-as.html

  3. Becky Good Says:

    Hi there.
    Aside from the current problems that this video exposes with the Social Security Administration, what does everyone think about the errors the administration is making when supporting our heroes who are fighting in Iraq?
    Becky

  4. kaylene Says:

    Sorry, for being off topic, i wanna tell one joke)
    What do you call Santa’s helpers?
    Subordinate Clauses.