2006-08-04 / Community

Weiner: Punish Those Responsible For Security Breach

Representative Anthony Weiner recently sent a letter to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld demanding that those responsible for a U.S. Navy security breach be held accountable and strictly disciplined. News broke today that two U.S. Navy laptops containing sensitive, personal data were stolen in the New York City area over the past two months.

In a letter to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Weiner expressed outrage at the latest incidents, which come three months after the Department of Veterans Affairs lost 26.5 million records on veterans and active duty personnel.

Given the VA incident, "It's remarkable that steps have not been taken to protect other serviceman in jeopardy," Weiner wrote. The latest case of the missing laptops "demands a thorough investigation and real accountability for not only the theft but also for the fact that the Department of the Navy withheld this information from the public for two months," Rep. Weiner continued. "A two month time lag is completely unacceptable. It suggests a cover-up in order to avoid negative publicity." Weiner concluded, "Those deemed responsible must be strictly disciplined and all necessary safeguards must be enacted to make sure this never happens again."

In two separate incidents, laptop computers containing names and contact information for 31,000 U.S. Navy applicants and potential recruits were stolen from recruiting offices in Trenton and Jersey City. Approximately 4,000 of the records contained social security numbers.

According to the U.S. Navy, the New Jersey offices fall within the New York recruiting region and therefore Rep. Weiner's constituents may be among those who are affected by the security breach.

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