AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE11 theater productions to see in Southern California this week, Dec. 27-Jan. 2 At the same time, however, the memos suggest that the data might be difficult to retrieve by thieves. “Given the file format used to store the data, the data may not be easily accessible,” stated one memo dated May 5. On Wednesday, the VA did not say why it didn’t immediately reveal that personal information such as addresses and phone numbers had been disclosed. WASHINGTON – Personal information on 26.5 million veterans that was stolen from a Veterans Affairs employee last month not only included Social Security numbers and birthdates but 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, a new three-month post that will pinpoint security problems at the VA and develop recommendations for improvements. The three pages of memos by the VA, written by privacy officer Mark Whitney and distributed to high-level officials shortly after the May 3 burglary, offer new details on the scope of one of the nation’s largest security breaches. The memos were obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. They show that a file containing 6,744 records pertaining to “mustard gas veterans” – or those who participated in chemical testing programs during World War II – was breached, and that a “short file” with as many as 10 diagnostic codes indicating a veteran’s disability also was stolen. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!