Monday, May 22, 2006

Another Bureaucratic Screw Up

It seems as though the personal information of over 26.5 million veterans has been "misplaced":

WASHINGTON (AP) - Thieves took sensitive personal information on 26.5 million U.S. veterans, including Social Security numbers and birth dates, after a Veterans Affairs employee improperly brought the material home, the government said Monday.

The information involved mainly those veterans who served and have been discharged since 1975, said VA Secretary Jim Nicholson. Data of veterans discharged before 1975 who submitted claims to the agency may have been included.

Nicholson said there was no evidence the thieves had used the data for identity theft, and an investigation was continuing.

"It's highly probable that they do not know what they have," he said in a briefing with reporters. "We have decided that we must exercise an abundance of caution and make sure our veterans are aware of this incident."

What's worse is that this is only the latest in a series of serious security breaches, including the disclosure of highly sensitive information related to the NSA program. Yikes.

Hopefully Gen. Hayden can at least help out the CIA to keep its information secure.