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US Veteran Affairs loses another PC

Antony Savvas

The US Department of Veterans Affairs has lost another PC, this time containing a more modest database of personal details on 38,000 veterans.

Earlier this year, the VA department lost a laptop containing the personal details of 26.5 million veterans and active service personnel, in a scandal that apparently left those forces personnel at the mercy of identity thieves.

That laptop was later found, with the FBI proclaiming that the data was apparently untouched and not used by identity thieves.

The latest loss to afflict the VA department follows the disappearance of a desktop PC used by subcontractor Unisys at the company's Reston, Virginia offices.

The machine was used to manage insurance collections for VA medical centres in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.

The VA department was informed of the disappearance of the machine by Unisys, but so far both organisations have failed to discover what has happened to it.

Those affected by the loss have been informed and offered credit checking facilities to help them counter any identity theft threat.

The FBI is now investigating the machine’s disappearance.


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