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Computer file stolen in Oklahoma could put Spokane veterans at risk for identity theft

Thomas Clouse reports:

The staff at Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center is working to determine the scope of what could be the potential release of records for 1,915 veterans, who could now become victims of identity theft.On July 18 someone stole two USB drives containing the personal information for the veterans from a contract employee who was conducting a service call in Oklahoma City, VA spokesman Brett Bowers said in a news release.

Read more on The Spokesman-Review. Of note, Clouse’s report indicates that the VA believed PHI might be involved:

“Although we cannot say for certain what information was stored on the stolen USB hard drive, we are alerting every veteran whose personal information resides on the” server, Bowers wrote. “We have determined the information at possible risk may include full names, social security numbers, addresses, phone contacts, surgical and insurance information.”

Here is the statement on the medical center’s home page:

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