Veterans’ Records on Recovered Computer Not Accessed, FBI Says

Laptop with 26.5 Million Veterans information recovered

Earlier today there was a report that the computer was recovered, but Bloomberg is also saying the data has not been accessed or at least they say, “We can be relatively certain” that the data “was not compromised,” said William Chase, head of the bureau’s office in Baltimore, where the computer was recovered.

I guess it’s just a wait and see type of thing now… But at least the computer was recovered.

However, sometimes when things like this happen, you can’t help feeling a little bit like the response one would have to getting hit by a rootkit on their computer — not being comfortable wth the operating system installation after that because you can’t be sure if there is something hidden that you don’t know about and weren’t able to get off the computer.

Also, how did it get ‘recovered?’ The laptop has been missing since May 3rd and all they will say is an informant led to recovery of the computer (due to a $50,000 reward), and no arrests have been made. And the files ‘look’ like they haven’t been accessed. However, that’s not foolproof. File access dates can be modified to make it look like they haven’t been accessed since a ‘reasonable’ date. And can that installation of the OS be trusted now? I would think they should seriously consider wiping the drive and starting fresh. But that’s just me. 😉

Could be that the person who got it back to them was not in on the burglary? Who knows … they are being real hush, hush or evasive on that. Which doesn’t help with the skeptisism at all.

Still, Nicholson had asked congress to OK the $160.5 million for 1 year of credit monitoring for the 26.5 million U.S. military veterans. I hope they will still be doing this.

In other news,

SCO hits iceberg

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols on LinuxWatch.com reports,

On June 28, Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells ruled largely in favor of IBM’s “Motion to Limit The SCO Group Inc.’s Claims Relating to Allegedly Misused Material.” This means that the vast majority of SCO’s claims against IBM for misusing Unix code in Linux have been thrown out.

Of course there is always the chance they will appeal, but still … and you gotta love Magistrate Judge Brooke Wells’ statement which is so daggone true:

“Certainly if an individual was stopped and accused of shoplifting after walking out of Neiman Marcus, they would expect to be eventually told what they allegedly stole. It would be absurd for an officer to tell the accused that ‘you know what you stole I’m not telling.’ Or, to simply hand the accused individual a catalog of Neiman Marcus’ entire inventory and say ‘it’s in there somewhere, you figure it out.'”

Thanks to daihard at ScotsNewsletter Forums for the heads up on this one.

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