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DATA LOSS—U.S.

October 15, 2010

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering about 4,000 vets free credit monitoring services because in August their Social Security numbers were mailed to the wrong person, says a Gov Info Security report. The VA blames the breach on a mail merge error. The incident has been posted to the VA's Web site in accordance with its new policy aimed at increasing transparency. The VA also announced that, due to increased technology funding, it is now able to identify all computers and other devices on its network and determine whether they are encrypted, says the report.   
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