Judge bars free credit offer

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A Kentucky federal judge has temporarily barred the government from publicizing its free credit monitoring offer to veterans whose personal data was stolen.

U.S. district judge William Bertelsman in northern Kentucky wants to see if veterans might get a better federal offer.

lawyers who have filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of the 26.5 million veterans and active-duty troops affected say accepting the government's offer could jeopardize their chance of winning more money in the privacy suit.

The suit seeks free monitoring and other credit protection for an indefinite period as well as a $1,000 in damages for each person....in what has become one of the nation's largest information security breaches.

For veterans suspecting identity theft...you can go to firstgov.gov or 1-800-fed-info