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US Department of Veterans Affairs Discloses Data Breach Impacting Nearly 50,000 Veterans

15
Sep
2020
US Department of Veterans Affairs Discloses Data Breach Impacting Nearly 50,000 Veterans

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The personal information of approximately 46,000 US veterans was compromised after unauthorized individuals gained access to a Financial Service Center application, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disclosed on Monday.

According to a press release, the unauthorized users who gained access to the application managed to change financial information and divert multiple VA payments intended for medical treatments of US veterans.

“A preliminary review indicates these unauthorized users gained access to the application to change financial information and divert payments from VA by using social engineering techniques and exploiting authentication protocols,” the agency said.

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