Veterans Affairs Personal Data MIA as Id Theft Suspected Again
Coming on the heels of the arrest of a pair of teenagers
responsible for the stolen VA laptop in May containing
26.5 million Veteran's social security numbers (ssn),
another incident has occurred prompting cries to fire
the Veterans Affairs administrator Jim Nicholson.
Less than a month after promising to make the VA the
"gold standard" in data security, a desktop computer
in the Reston, Virginia office of an out-sourced medical
billing contractor (Unisys) was "taken from a secured
That secured part of the Unisys office required
a company id badge for access.
Similar to the previous security breach, the personal
data suspected to be contained on the "missing"
- Full Names
- Date of Birth
- Social Security Numbers (ssn)
- Other Insurance Companies
- Medical information
This latest VA security breach has negatively & needlessy
impacted as many as 38,000 veterans who received
care at VA medical centers in Philadelphia and
Adding more fuel to it's critics in recent weeks the VA has
also acknowledged losing sensitive data for more
than 16,000 veterans in at least two other cases
in Minneapolis and Indianapolis.
So, our tip for today is if you are a veteran who's utilized
the VA's services in these four cities, contact any three of
the credit bureaus to seek getting a credit freeze or
fraud alert placed on your credit report. Additionally,
contact the Veterans Affairs special toll-free hotline for additional
information on how this latest identity theft may impact access
to your benefits.
To reach that Veteran Affairs hot line call 1-800-333-4636.
Also, make sure to tell a friend about this important new warning.