Foreign Countries Hack VA System And Expose Vulnerabilities

Patrick Ouellette | | June 5, 2013

The Veterans Health Administration, the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., has reportedly been hacked numerous times by foreign countries such as China and Russia since 2010. The House Veterans Affairs Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee held a hearing yesterday that allowed different representatives and chairmen to debate the extent to which veterans’ health data was compromised.

Details regarding exactly what information has been compromised are sparse, but attendees asserted that the data was unencrypted and included names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers of veterans that could be used to commit credit and identity fraud. And there were a total of eight countries that were hacking into the VA’s system, but only China and Russia were named.