Tipster Turns in Stolen VA Computer

By: AP
By: AP

Officials say it was a tipster who turned in the stolen laptop computer containing sensitive data on veterans and military personnel.

Veterans Affairs Secretary Jim Nicholson says the laptop and hard drive were turned in to the F-B-I by an unidentified person in response to a $50,000 reward offer. No suspects are in custody.

A spokeswoman for the Baltimore FBI field office says the tipster has not been charged and likely was not the thief. She says the FBI still believes the laptop was taken in a routine burglary.

The FBI says so far, there's no evidence anyone has accessed Social Security numbers and other data on the equipment.

Nicholson is still urging veterans to keep watch over their financial records. He says the VA's offer of free credit monitoring for a year is still in effect until subsequent tests are completed.

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