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.
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A laptop containing sensitive and unencrypted personal data on 51,000 current and former employees of Agilent Technologies was stolen from the car of an Agilent vendor March 1 in San Francisco, the company said in a letter mailed to former employees this week.
The data includes employee names, Social Security numbers, home addresses and details of stock options and other stock-related awards.
A laptop stolen during a recent blood drive contained sensitive information on 268,000 Minnesota-region blood donors, Memorial Blood Centers say.
The laptop was in a briefcase that was stolen just before 7 a.m. Nov. 28 as workers were setting up a blood drive, said Laura Kaplan, manager of marketing and communications with the blood center. “They were setting up for a blood drive and this was in a briefcase,” she said. “The police have told us they believe it was a random crime.”
About 3,000 Oahu postal employees received letters in the mail this weekend warning them that their personal information may be compromised.
The employees’ names, Social Security numbers and other information were on a laptop computer that was stolen in August.
Health-care services company, McKesson, is alerting thousands of its patients that their personal information is at risk after two of its computers were stolen from an office.
The company, which helps pharmaceutical manufacturers set up assistance programs for patients in need, sent out a letter alerting patients that the computers were stolen on July 18. The names of the people being alerted were on one of the two PCs, but it’s not known how much of their accompanying identifying information was also contained on the machines.
“Your personal information may have been on one of the two computers that were stolen from a McKesson office,” wrote Patrick Blake, president of McKesson Specialty Pharmaceutical, in the letter to one patient. “At this point, we have not determined if your personal information was on either stolen computer. However, we are taking the precaution of notifying every patient whose information might have been on the computers, just to be safe.”
A Loyola University computer with the Social Security numbers of 5,800 students was discarded before its hard drive was erased, forcing the school this week to warn the students about potential identify theft.
“Although we have no evidence that any of this personal information has or will be accessed, we want you to take every possible step to safeguard your privacy,” Loyola vice president and chief information officer Susan M. Malisch said in the letter.
The university will offer a year’s worth of free credit monitoring for those affected by this breach.
[Chicago Sun Times]
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