- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 29, 2006

As this newspaper is reporting on our Web site this afternoon, the stolen VA computer has been found, and the data is, apparently, safe. Our initial report comes from the Associated Press:

The government has recovered the stolen laptop computer and hard drive with sensitive data on up to 26.5 million veterans and military personnel. The FBI said today there is no evidence that anyone accessed Social Security numbers and other data on the equipment.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson, in announcing the recovery of the computer, said there have been no reports of identity theft stemming from the May 3 burglary at a VA employee’s Maryland home.

Good news, I’m sure. But notebook security is nothing to be trifled with, as a future “On Computers” column will report.

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