Sources: Computer Thefts Compromise Veterans’ Data
Sources at the Williams Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia, S.C. tell FITS the federal facility has been hit by “multiple” computer thefts in recent months – including an incident last weekend involving a pair of devices.
These thefts have reportedly placed “sensitive” veterans’ personal information at risk.
“These computers hold confidential medical records and personal information,” one source tells FITS.
The Dorn hospital – part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – is one of numerous government facilities unaffected by the so-called “shutdown” of the federal government.
“All (Veterans Affairs) medical centers and clinics will remain fully operational and will continue to provide health care services to our nation’s Veterans during the government shutdown,” the facility’s website notes.
According to our sources, the most recent theft involved a laptop and a desktop. Both machines reportedly contained sensitive information. Details about the prior thefts – which occurred several months ago – are less clear.
Employees at the facility are paranoid about reporting the thefts because “its been kept hush-hush” by hospital administrators.
“They don’t want it getting out,” one source told us.
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