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Lawmakers tear into VA head after massive breach

U.S. lawmakers on Thursday ripped into the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for a massive data breach announced this week, with one congressman calling for the resignation of the agency’s leader. The cost of fixing the data theft, involving the unencrypted personal records of 26.5 million veterans and their spouses, could cost “way north of $100 million” to fix, said VA Secretary R. James Nicholson, while speaking to the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Asked what assurances he could give to veterans who could need help fixing credit problems or recovering lost money, Nicholson said he didn’t know, without authorization from Congress. Full Story

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