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Cleveland VA accidentally deletes 464K data files

Published: Tue, June 11, 2013 @ 9:12 a.m.

CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio is asking the Department of Veterans Affairs for more information about its Cleveland office accidentally deleting 464,000 electronic data files related to home loans.

In a Monday letter to the secretary of veteran affairs, the Republican lawmaker said the records included loans, grants and applications.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports a VA statement said no personal information was jeopardized when the files were deleted May 24. The agency blamed human error and said staff would be retrained to help prevent the error from occurring again.

The VA said some files were recoverable, and the online application program was restored within a few days.

Portman wants information about when the department and applicants were told about the error and how they'll be affected.


1walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

Check with the NSA; they may have a copy!

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2dolcegirl(3 comments)posted 2 years, 11 months ago

I used to work for an attorney's office a long time ago as a temp. One day, I did something on the keyboard and the screen went blank. Then, a message popped up with a skull and crossbones that said, "Please wait patiently while all files are erased from the hard drive." I was shocked...speechless...paralyzed with fear. I called IT and they laughed because apparently it was an inside joke. They had purposely rigged the system in such a way as to give you that message if you hit the wrong combination of keys. I can only imagine what the person who committed this REAL error must've felt, and wonder if they still have a job. Poor sack...

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