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“VA toughens security after PC disposal blunders”

  By Judi Hasson,

Federal Computer Week, August 29, 2002

  CASE:

      August 2002, VA Medical Center, Indianapolis Indiana,

      retired 139 desktop computers.

        - Some were donated to schools

        - Others were sold on the open market

        - 3 ended up in a thrift shop where a journalist

             purchased them.

  OMISSION:

      The VA neglected to sanitize the computer's hard drives

      (remove the drives' confidential information).

  RESULTS:

      Many of the computers were later found to contain

      sensitive medical information, including:

        - Names of veterans with AIDS and mental health

          problems.

        - 44 credit card numbers used by that facility.

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