Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Stolen VA Data Had Phone Numbers, Addresses, Health Diagnostic Codes

An AP newswire article, via CNN, reports that:

Personal information on 26.5 million veterans stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee this month not only included Social Security numbers and birthdates but also in many cases phone numbers and addresses, internal documents show.

Meanwhile, VA Secretary Jim Nicholson said Wednesday that he had named a former Arizona prosecutor as a special adviser for information security.

The new three-month post will pinpoint security problems at the VA and develop recommendations for improvements, Nicholsons said.

The three pages of memos by the VA offer new details on the scope of one of the nation's largest security breaches.

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