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 w/ a smartphone & bar code app can scan any veteran's V.A. ID card issued since '04 & the SSN will display: http://t.co/yKDrFqyQe5
— Dissent Doe, PhD (@PogoWasRight) November 16, 2013
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.
ID Cards issued by the VA can easily be scanned for a veteran's SSN! Incompetence at the VA must be stopped! Join us! http://t.co/oLRP10JCWy
— VET PAC (@veteranpac) November 21, 2013
— Bruce Demarest (@BruceDemarest) November 18, 2013
Fraud Alert for All Veterans – Don’t Carry Your VA Card in Your Wallet!! It's easy to get your SSN from it,… http://t.co/Q5PEI6Khiu
— Ken 'KC' Crane (@kctech) November 11, 2013
Forewarned is forearmed. The barcode on the front of your VA card includes your SSN, can be read with a… http://t.co/SNpmoFZqPr
— Doctrine Man (@Doctrine_Man) November 29, 2013
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.”