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Old 06-08-2006, 09:39 AM   #16
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I'm sorry to hear that...I would be beyond furious.
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Why was this stuff even allowed to leave the VA HQ???? Needless to say I think they'll be stepping up their security measures.
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This pisses off. Why on earth would they do this to a schoolteacher?
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This pisses off. Why on earth would they do this to a schoolteacher?
I was in the service for eight years.....
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Just what you need - to monitor your stuff closely...

I hope nothing comes of this. Wasn't the robbery random and not intentional just to get this info?
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This morning their saying it also contained the info for active servicemen and families. Stupid lack of procedure
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I'm actually amazed they even bothered to contact you to tell you that. I can't believe that happened - I'm worried for Mr. LG, and I guess myself now that I hear veteran's wives info may be on there too.

I hope all fairs out well for you and thank you for your service.
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Hopefully, the data was erased by unknowing theives

Agency chief: Data on stolen VA laptop may have been erased

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Thieves may have erased personal data on millions of veterans that was on a laptop they stole, the secretary of veterans affairs said Thursday.

At least, that's the burglars' modus operandi, Secretary James Nicholson said at a hearing before the House Government Reform Committee.

The laptop was stolen in May from the home of a Veterans Affairs employee who, in violation of agency regulations, took it to a private residence.
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Agency chief: Data on stolen VA laptop may have been erased

That is what I thought happened. Hopefully the thief reformatted the drive. Maybe they installed their own software like grand theft auto. ha ha.
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As if the identity compromise isn't enough, the local VA hospital here in Birmingham has announced that around 400 veterans who have had prostate biopsies there may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis due to the probes not being properly sterilized. Story here.

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Ok...I know this sucks...but reading this thread you would think the end of the world has occured.

Relax shit happens...there are much more dire things in the world then this.

But it does suck
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Ok...I know this sucks...but reading this thread you would think the end of the world has occured.

Relax shit happens...there are much more dire things in the world then this.

But it does suck
Very easy for you to say....I guess you think that aging vets, not myself, have loads of money laying around. This affects credit ect....when in the wrong hands. I know VETS that are barely making ends meet.
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As if the identity compromise isn't enough, the local VA hospital here in Birmingham has announced that around 400 veterans who have had prostate biopsies there may have been exposed to HIV or hepatitis due to the probes not being properly sterilized. Story here.

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This is fucking horrific
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Agency chief: Data on stolen VA laptop may have been erased

One erase into a trash file, does not erase the data. There are simple programs that can locate information that people think is deleted.

Sorry, but, I am not feeling very forgiving about this. If they cannot protect this information, they cannot protect anything.

The other thing that really has awakened me. The VA cannot track me down, but through the IRS they can. See, this is why I think the wire tapping shit is suspicious. They are throwing a net out, and very quickly, they can through another agency figure shit out.
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Why was this stuff even allowed to leave the VA HQ????

Um.

This stuff isn't allowed to leave the VA HQ.

Did you read the letter?

An individual employee, in violation of VA procedure, took home a laptop containing the SS #s. The employee's house was subsequently burgled and the laptop was stolen.

Uncle Sam didn't do it. The US Government didn't do it. The VA didn't do it.

A thief and a neglectful VA employee did it.

Bonoman is right, relax shit happens. Every vet knows what kind of fubar situtations the military is capable of, so fix it and FIDO.

I only received the warning letter last week, but I have a permanent security flag at all three credit bureaus anyway, so I'm not worried about someone stealing my identity by picking my name out of the 26 million vets listed on that hard drive.

If they try, they will be caught.

Anyone panicked about this should follow Step 1 in the letter and contact the fraud departments of all three credit bureaus at the numbers listed and request a flag on your accounts.
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