For a refresher, the VA lost 26.5 million records last May when an employee took a database home where it was subsequently stolen."Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Ala., said that the personal information of up to 48,000 veterans was on the hard drive and the records of up to 20,000 of them were not encrypted.
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You would think they would have done this some time ago."The U.S. Air Force plans to set up what could become a major command aimed at safeguarding U.S. military and civilian cyberspace, Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne said on Thursday.
An interesting note from the article is that"I've (Kevin Poulsen) been invited here to witness the end-game of a police investigation that grew from 1,000 lines of computer code I wrote and executed some five months earlier. The automated script searched MySpace's 1 million-plus profiles for registered sex offenders — and soon found one that was back on the prowl for seriously underage boys."
This raises a question: if such sweeps take place for (child) sex offenders are turning up false positives with hits, does that mean that Joe Blow's information is stored somewhere along with the data for sex offenders? If this data got out, how would that look to have yourself associated with sexual offenders?""[t]he code swept in a vast number of false or unverifiable matches. Working part time for several months, I sifted the data and manually compared photographs, ages and other data, until enhanced privacy features MySpace launched in June began frustrating the analysis."