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Deja Vu: Another PC Theft at VA

Three PCs missing in Indiana

By Jaikumar Vijayan
November 26, 2007 12:00 PM ET

Computerworld - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is investigating yet another potential data breach  this one stemming from the theft of three PCs containing the Social Security numbers and other personal data of as many as 12,000 medical patients.

Rep. Steve Buyer (R-Ind.) disclosed that two desktop systems and one laptop had been stolen from a VA medical center in Indianapolis  ironically enough, on Veterans Day.

VA officials didnt return calls seeking information about the incident.

Buyer, the former chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, said in a statement that the VA notified his office of the theft on Nov. 15. He added that he would find out why VA policies were not followed and take whatever steps are needed to ensure that the agencys data is better secured.

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