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The Washington Post reports that the personal information recently stolen from the VA "was stored in a format that could make it difficult for thieves to use, according to an internal VA memo."
In the May 5 memo, VA privacy officer Mark Whitney wrote that the critical data "may not be easily accessible" because most of it -- including names, birth dates and Social Security numbers -- was stored in a specialized, standard format used for data manipulation and statistical analysis.
See the full article: "VA Data in Format Not Widely Used" By Christopher Lee. Washington Post Staff Writer. June 1, 2006: washington post site - my require registration or : repost, no registration required

- Contributed by Jim Jacobs

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This may be one more reason

This may be one more reason for librarians to join IASSIST. IASSISTERs know the possible proprietary formats that the VA data were stored in. Homeland Security can contact us to determine how hard it would be to hack into these data.

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