The Department of Veterans Affairs has notified more than 2,200 veterans and is offering them one year of credit monitoring services after protected information including Social Security numbers were posted on the Ancestry.com Web site.
The protected information was mistakenly given through a Freedom of Information Act request from Ancestry.com. VA provided the name, Social Security number, date of birth, date of death, military branch assignments, and dates of active duty for deceased veterans. But the same information about some living veterans was in the database on deceased vets.
The VA provided the data on March 18, 2011, and learned on Dec. 13 that it had been posted on Ancestry.com. The Web site immediately deleted the information.
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