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Stolen laptop contained veterans' information, VA says

Laptop had personal data of 824 veterans

Friday, June 1, 2012 4:12 PM
Last updated 9:32 PM
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The personal information of more than 800 veterans was contained in a laptop that was stolen two months ago, the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center said Friday.

The 824 affected veterans have been notified and offered free credit monitoring for a year, according to a news release.

“Any time a veteran’s personal information may be compromised, we take the matter very seriously,” Wendy Hepker, the interim medical center director, said in a statement. “We are reaching out to each veteran who may have been impacted.”

The laptop was the personal property of a physician at the VA and contained the name, last four digits of the Social Security number, discharge date and medical provider name of the veterans. At the time, he had a professional need for the information but violated VA policy by putting the information on his personal laptop before it was stolen March 30, said Alicia Miller, the acting public affairs officer.

“He did do due diligence and notify us when the laptop was stolen,” Miller said.

No action will be taken against the physician because he has already left the hospital, Miller said.

Veterans with questions or concerns may call Alicia Miller at (706) 823-1733.

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Steve S
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Steve S 06/01/12 - 04:26 pm
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Vet Data Lost

Anyone recall the fiasco where 26 million vets personal info (or something like) was compromised?

Steve S
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Steve S 06/01/12 - 04:35 pm
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Vet Data Lost

It happened in 2006. Result of burglary in home of computer analyst.
Guy was NOT supposed take data home. Figure was 26 million. Sheesh...

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/01/12 - 04:44 pm
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"No action will be taken..."

That pretty well sums it up. The VA as well.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 06/01/12 - 04:46 pm
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“He did do due diligence..."

“ and notify us when the laptop was stolen,” Miller said. Well, let's make him employee of the year!

Robert martin
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Robert martin 06/01/12 - 05:50 pm
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stolen laptop

The stolen laptop contained
Veterans social security number

desertcat6
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desertcat6 06/02/12 - 06:34 am
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What a crock. Did the Augusta

What a crock. Did the Augusta VA contact the good doctor's new employer, state medical board, or DOJ? Yes, you can be held accountable for criminal actions even after you depart a government position. Honestly, I have never seen so much incompetetance in an organization I want and need to perform in a professional manner.

justus4
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justus4 06/02/12 - 06:41 am
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This is intolerable! Who
Unpublished

This is intolerable! Who hired this doctor?! Who authorized his access to a government computer?! What else did he/she take?! Why are veterans personal data being treated with such recklessness?! Does anyone really care...? Again, a complete disgrace!

augustarookie
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augustarookie 06/02/12 - 08:40 am
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typical

Doctors don't think they need to abide by any rules.

CobaltGeorge
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CobaltGeorge 06/02/12 - 08:45 am
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Robert Martin

Re-read "Last Four only"

seenitB4
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seenitB4 06/02/12 - 09:19 am
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By golly

If they are going to keep our personal info. on computers they will have to comeup with a surefire way to protect the info.....some medical history could destroy jobs & etc.---this is not something to take lightly......maybe a kill method whenever a puter is missing---destroy everything in it!

scgator
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scgator 06/03/12 - 02:47 am
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......got my letter from the

......got my letter from the VA in Saturday's mail about this; the real issue here is that the VA "allowed" records to be transferred to a personal laptop; and as the letter states...."We (the VA) were unaware that there was an extra copy of the files saved to the laptop." It is a simple IT procedure to encrypt files that will require admin release before it will transfer. EVERY FIRST YEAR IT STUDENT IN COLLEGE KNOWS HOW TO DO THIS..................

211lover
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211lover 06/03/12 - 04:09 pm
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amazing how many of you are
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amazing how many of you are troubled by this.. you do know that someone can get that data off his laptop without ever touching it right? Here is a scenerio for you, he takes the data and puts it on his laptop (idiot!) he gets home thinking his little laptop is safe, unfortunately he has poor security on his home network.. and if he is using wep, well.. he is an easy target.. or he decides to use a FREE wifi network at taco bell, mcdonalds or whereever.. well, then he is even dumber than we think, once he is on that free network, he can be hacked and the data can be stolen without the thief ever touching the laptop! But you won't read about that in the paper because local law enforcement are CLUELESS as to how this is done! So.. to be on the safeside, DO NOT HAVE IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON YOUR LAPTOP OR DESKTOP!!!!

211lover
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211lover 06/03/12 - 04:11 pm
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btw, I am available for a
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btw, I am available for a live demo of how this is done, even from a cellphone, my fee is $2300.00 an hour. What is your security worth to you?

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