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Man arrested; missing VA computer contains patient info

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David

Niles, IL

#1 Mar 19, 2008
There is no acceptable excuse for why the data on these computers was not encrypted. The VA, and every other government organization, obviously needs to hire some more intelligent IT personnel.
RetiredUSAF

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 19, 2008
If the data had been properly secured, there would have been no theft.

This was the second time in 3 years that the idiot Indianapolis VA folks have allowed my personal information to be compromised...

When is SOMEONE going to loose a job over this???

And Buyer dosen't give a hoot. It's just more free (name recognition) airtime for him.

NitWit

Kokomo, IN

#3 Mar 19, 2008
Don't worry he is not smart enough to access the data.
Thad

Memphis, TN

#5 Mar 19, 2008
Crack head thugs come in all ages!
David

Niles, IL

#6 Mar 19, 2008
NitWit wrote:
Don't worry he is not smart enough to access the data.
Yeah, but he apparently is dumb enough to sell the computers. The purchasers may be smart enough to do something with the data.
GhostBuster

Plymouth, MI

#7 Mar 19, 2008
I have one question: Where were the overseers of the computers while he had time to disconnect all 3 and remove them? He had to make several trips because I'm sure he can't carry 3 at the same time. Do hospitals have such areas open to the public? Another example of government incompetency.
Onboard

Clearwater, FL

#8 Mar 19, 2008
He took the computers to sell & get
cash. He should receive a stiff prison
sentence because he has no regard or
consideration patients & problems that
could follow for them. The more people
that have access to the info on the
computers the problems multiply.
VET OF 69

Lebanon, IN

#9 Mar 19, 2008
YESTERDAY, SOMEONE CALLED ME A TRAITOR.THE TRUE TRAITORS THE PEOPLE WHO STOLE THOSE COMPUTERS!

“This place is an insane asylum”

Since: Dec 07

San Jose, CA

#10 Mar 19, 2008
VET OF 69 wrote:
YESTERDAY, SOMEONE CALLED ME A TRAITOR.THE TRUE TRAITORS THE PEOPLE WHO STOLE THOSE COMPUTERS!
Why would anyone call you a traitor?????

This guy is the WORST KIND of traitor, he was a patient there which means he was formerly in the military, right? SO he just made 11,000 of his fellow service men and women at risk for ID fraud. What a JERK!

“This place is an insane asylum”

Since: Dec 07

San Jose, CA

#11 Mar 19, 2008
This is the 2nd time this has happened to my better half. Once in Ohio's vet clinic (they got hacked or something and sent a letter saying "Sorry about that, watch your credit rating in the future." He got another from the INDY VA hospital too, ridiculous! Don't these people lock their offices when they aren't in them??

I mean if they were stolen by cleaning crews, after hours, I can almost see how it was hard to avoid but they HAVE security, they have cameras, and they have LOCKS. USE THEM!!!
so so

Indianapolis, IN

#12 Mar 19, 2008
Since the Star is going to stifle free and anonymous speech with their new registration required forum, I bid all my fellow posters adieu. I will not give them my info so they can bug me about subscriptions twice a week.
Sick of this

Indianapolis, IN

#13 Mar 19, 2008
Greenfield Mom wrote:
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Why would anyone call you a traitor?????
This guy is the WORST KIND of traitor, he was a patient there which means he was formerly in the military, right? SO he just made 11,000 of his fellow service men and women at risk for ID fraud. What a JERK!
VET of 69 was called a traitor because he was in Viet Nam. Whomever called him that, is the traitor. Any person that has been in the military and received an honorable discharge should be put on a pedistal (sp).

Since: Mar 08

Terre Haute, IN

#14 Mar 19, 2008
David wrote:
There is no acceptable excuse for why the data on these computers was not encrypted. The VA, and every other government organization, obviously needs to hire some more intelligent IT personnel.
Wow, David. Way to make a broad generalization of every government agency. Since you are all knowing, perhaps you also know that IT personnel are mandated to configure the systems according to policy. The Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and many other branches do encrypt extensively because they have established that policy.

Not only does the VA need to question their IT practices, but also their security practices. Computers with critical data should never be left in an area where there is uncontrolled traffic by staff, patients, and visitors. You cannot blame this on the IT people. This is yet another example of the VA failing to secure sensitive data.

Since: Mar 08

Terre Haute, IN

#15 Mar 19, 2008
Sick of this wrote:
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VET of 69 was called a traitor because he was in Viet Nam. Whomever called him that, is the traitor. Any person that has been in the military and received an honorable discharge should be put on a pedistal (sp).
This is to Vet of 69. You are a hero and patriot in my eyes! I salute you and thank you for your service to our country!
Detroiter

Novi, MI

#16 Mar 19, 2008
Another Voice wrote:
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Wow, David. Way to make a broad generalization of every government agency. Since you are all knowing, perhaps you also know that IT personnel are mandated to configure the systems according to policy. The Department of Justice, Homeland Security, and many other branches do encrypt extensively because they have established that policy.
Not only does the VA need to question their IT practices, but also their security practices. Computers with critical data should never be left in an area where there is uncontrolled traffic by staff, patients, and visitors. You cannot blame this on the IT people. This is yet another example of the VA failing to secure sensitive data.
Well said, but who is the driving force behind the change? The patients/victims?
VAPatient

Indianapolis, IN

#17 Mar 19, 2008
How do you walk out of a federal building with two desk top computers. I can see the laptop that is made for compact travel being stolen. But a man walking out with two desktop computers is a little insane. That has my medical and private information as well as thousands of other veterans. This is a HUGE break in security and we deserve answers from the VA about how this was possible.
Morons

Carmel, IN

#18 Mar 19, 2008
Ever hear of SafeBoot, you would think they would have that loaded on any pc that stores data like that.
Kim Lee

Memphis, TN

#19 Mar 19, 2008
What about the crime that was commited? Why no name calling?
tmac

United States

#20 Mar 19, 2008
This bum should never have been let go until providing the whereabouts of the computers. This is a major crime, and this loser gets ORed? Even if he a drunk or wino or whatever, he should have water-boarded until he talked. This whole story has a real bad feel to it, like this hapless loser is beneath prosecution. Lock him up.
Andof course

Plymouth, MN

#21 Mar 19, 2008
And of course he is a white man. Only stupid white people do shit like this. Just thought I would jump it off. If it was a black dude you HONKEYS would be all over it. Now take that bitches.

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