Here we go again! Another Department of Veteran Affairs computer has gone missing. This time it is a desktop computer containing sensitive records on 38,000 patients from a VA hospital in Pennsylvania. This computer was taken from the offices of Unisys, a subcontractor located in Virginia.
As with the previous case, veterans impacted by this theft should take a few precautions to keep their identities safe. Placing a fraud alert on your credit report and checking your accounts for signs of theft are two important steps. Unisys is also going to be sending out formal data breach notifications and free credit monitoring offers to the victims shortly. More tips for veterans concerned about identity theft are available online here.
This news comes just as the previous VA data theft incident is winding down. According to the FBI, the criminals in that case were caught before the 26.5 million veteran records were misused. The two 19-year old from Maryland who stole the laptop are being charged with burglary and theft.