4,000 Social Security numbers possibly exposed in VA mismailing

Breaking news: A Veterans Benefit Administration office in Boston sent 6,299 benefit summary letters to the wrong addresses in September, more than half of them containing complete social security numbers, FierceGovernmentIT reports. Of the letters, 3,936 contained all nine digits of someone else's social security number, and 2,386 contained the VBA claim number of veterans based in the state. That's according to an update on data breaches the VA sends to Congress each month. The report blames the incident on a programming error. FierceGovernmentIT