Data loss at VA compromises 24M records

Today there's more evidence that in the Information Age, human error may have more to do with security than Star-Treky high-tech measures. A data analyst at the Veteran's Administration is in hot water after a laptop containing records for 24 million veterans was stolen from his home in what appears to have been a routine burglary. The breach is believed to be the largest theft ever. The data included basic information for millions of former servicemen and women, including many who filed claims with the agency since 1975. Investigators think the thief probably did not realize what was on the computer.

- see this article from the Detroit Free Press