April 20th, 2008

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Patient Data from Wellpoint Exposed to ID Theft

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Social Security numbers, pharmacy records and other personal health data from about 130,000 people covered by health insurance giant Wellpoint Inc. were left open for possible breach on the Internet, the health insurance giant confirmed Tuesday.

Wellpoint said it is not aware of any identity theft related to the problem.

Operating locally under the Unicare name, Wellpoint said customer information in several states, including Illinois, was exposed in the last year because two computer servers maintained by a vendor “were not properly secured for a period of time.” The insurer declined to name the vendor.

[Chicago Tribune]

Written by MCruz on April 20th, 2008 with 2 comments.
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