The FBI announced today that the laptop computer containing information about
millions of veterans and some active duty personnel has been recovered. I
quote from their press release:
"A preliminary inspection indicated that the data, which included Social
Security numbers, dates of birth and other sensitive information, potentially
on active-duty military service members as well as veterans, has not been
touched or copied, the FBI said in a statement. A more thorough forensic
investigation is under way."
Uh, okay, as a veteran I'm happy they've recovered our data. But how exactly
do they know the data wasn't copied?
copied, but there's a lot I don't know about computers, like how you can
delete files and yet they can still be recovered.
Maybe they could confirm that the computer was never turned on after it
was stolen, therefore the probability the hard drive was copied is low.
I read today that the person that was fired for taking the laptop home
had written permission to do so, so they may have unfairly dismissed him.
Well, it's not 100% tamper-proof, but most computer file systems keep a
log of when files were created, last accessed, and last modified. So
they should be able to see and date and time of when it was last
accessed. Like I said earlier, however, it's not tamper-proof. So no
IMHO, the laptop was probably stolen because the thief wanted a laptop,
NOT the data that was on it. Let's hope at least.
Hope this clears things up.
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