Email Battles noted that a Veterans Administration laptop with 26.5 million social security numbers was stolen, and that the VA responded by saying the thieves may be..
“..UNAWARE OF THE INFORMATION WHICH THEY POSSESS OR OF HOW TO MAKE USE OF IT.”
Uh..were the thieves “unaware” before or after they cased the situation, noting where the laptop might be and at what time? Or maybe they were “unaware” until they realized how stupid the VA was, and that just such a major announcement was forthcoming, and then they would become “aware” of what was on said machine. No, they were probably just regular readers of these pages, and became “aware” of what prime targets laptops were.
The VA chief says security has been lacking for some time, noting that:
..an agency employee had been taking home sensitive data for three years before it was stolen from his residence..
And what was that about thieves not knowing what they had?