26 June 2006 | 5,071 views

US Veterans Information Leaked on The Web

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Another HUGE information leak from the US government, seems they can’t help themselves.

Or perhaps people are just ramping up the efforts against them..

The Navy has begun a criminal investigation after Social Security numbers and other personal data for 28,000 sailors and family members were found on a civilian website.

The Navy said Friday the information was in five documents and included people’s names, birth dates and Social Security numbers. Navy spokesman Lt. Justin Cole would not identify the website or its owner, but said the information had been removed. He would not provide any details about how the information ended up on the site.

They really need to step up their standards and training, and of course use some kind of file based or filesystem encryption, a stolen laptop shouldn’t yeild so much information.

The breach regarding the Navy comes amid a rash of government computer data thefts, including one at the Agriculture Department earlier this week in which a hacker may have obtained names, Social Security numbers and photos of 26,000 Washington-area employees and contractors.

As many as 26.5 million veterans and current military troops may have been affected by the theft of a laptop computer containing their Social Security numbers and birth dates. The computer was taken from the home of a Veterans Affairs Department employee in early May, and officials waited nearly three weeks before notifying veterans on May 22 of the theft.

That’s a hell of a lot of people to be effected..

Source: Wired



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