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The theft of the laptop has led to Congress researching legislation that would aim to improve information security

News reports in late May stated that thieves had stolen a laptop containing the personal data of 26.5 million veterans from the home of a Department of Veterans Affairs employee in Virginia.  The unencrypted names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of almost 20 million veterans and active-duty military along with with almost 7 million other service members were on the laptop.  The data on the laptop was not compromised by the people responsible for stealing it, according to the FBI last month.  The laptop was turned in by an unidentified woman at the end of June -- details on how she came into possession of the laptop were never reported.

Christian Brian Montano, 19, and Jesus Alex Pineda, 19, were arrested early on Saturday in connection with the theft.  Montano has been charged with first degree burglary, theft over $500, conspiracy to commit burglary and theft, according to police authorities.  Pineda faces two charges: first degree burglary and theft over $500.  Police authorities believe the theft was "completely random," meaning that Montano and Pineda were not directly aiming to steal the laptop on which the information was stored.

The arrests occurred after a phone tip the FBI received, police authorities said.  Charges are currently pending against a male suspect who is a minor.  A bond hearing for the two already in custody could come as early as today, officials said.




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