Back in June
the personal information of almost 28,000 sailors and their family members was
exposed on an insecure websitefive spreadsheets in all, containing data
including names, dates of birth and most importantly Social Security numbers
(the starting point for most identity thieves).
In July it was
reported that personal data of more than 100,000 sailors was found on a
website. The latest breach
(in which details of 31,000 Navy recruiters and their prospective recruits have
been compromised) comes with the theft of two laptops from Navy offices in New Jersey.
Obviously the theft of personal data is rife and incidents
are increasing by the day but I find it quite disconcerting that Government and
Military agencies of the most powerful country in the world seem unable to keep
their data secureif they cant do it then what chance does your average Joe
stand! It does seem that efforts are
being made to stop these embarrassing breaches; last week the U.S. Army confirmed that it will
require new systems to use the Trusted Platform Module (TPM) forencryption/security.