There appears to be a serious security flaw in the ID cards currently issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. According to several reports, anyone with a smartphone and bar code reader app can read the owner’s Social Security number.
Anyone with a smartphone and a bar code app can scan any VA identification card issued since 2004 and the cardholder’s Social Security number immediately pops up on the screen.
No one from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs would go on camera to answer questions.
A VA spokesperson did respond, saying they’ve begun work on the next-generation ID card, which will not contain a Social Security number.
However, it’s not being rolled out until next year.
Until a fix is in place, TCPalm recommends that veterans “treat their current ID cards as they do their Social Security card and leave home without it, unless it is needed for a day-of appointment.”