Horizon Blue Cross laptops containing personal data on over 800,000 members stolen
|By David P. Willis, Asbury Park Press, N.J.|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The unencrypted password-protected laptops, which were cable-locked to employee workstations, were stolen sometimes during the weekend of
A review by outside computer forensic experts found the computers may have contained files with differing amounts of member information, such as name, address, member identification number, date of birth, and, in some cases, a
Given how the stolen laptops were configured, Horizon said it was not certain that all of the member information on them is accessible.
"After discovering the theft, we acted quickly to engage law enforcement and notify and protect all members who may have been affected," spokesman
"Nothing leads us to believe that the computers were stolen for the information they contained or that any member information has been used inappropriately," he said.
Of the approximately 839,711 members being notified, those with
Horizon said it continues to work with police to locate the laptops.
To prevent a recurrence, the company is strengthening encryption processes and enhancing its policies, procedures and staff education regarding the security of company property and member information, the insurer said.
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