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VA Analyzing How Many Veterans’ Data Exposed

DATA LOSS—U.S.

January 26, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced that it accidentally handed over the data of living veterans when complying with a Freedom of Information request from Ancestry.com for data from a database of deceased veterans, reports Federal Times. On Wednesday, the VA said the data of 2,257 living veterans had been identified in the database, but that number could potentially grow to more than 4,000, according to VA Chief Information Officer Roger Baker. The data included names, Social Security numbers, dates of birth and military assignments. The VA is continuing to analyze the data and offering a year of free credit monitoring to all those affected. (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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