26.5 veterans' SSNs burgled

Employee took home data, thieves stole it from his home.
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A VA employee tool home 26.5 million social security numbers of US veterans without authorization - and burlglars stole them from his home, the Veteran Affair department said today.

AP reports there was no evidence so far that the burglars who struck the employee's home have used the personal data — or even know they have it, according to VA Sec. Jim Nicholson.

"We have a full-scale investigation," said Nicholson. "I want to emphasize, there was no medical records of any veteran and no financial information of any veteran that's been compromised. We have decided that we must exercise an abundance of caution and make sure our veterans aware of this incident," he said in a conference call with reporters.

The VA is setting up a call center - 1-800-FED-INFO - and website for vets to register if they think their info has been misued. Information is available on FirstGov.gov.

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