Laptop Stolen With Personal Data On 300,000 Health Insurance Clients - InformationWeek

InformationWeek is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them.Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

IoT
IoT
Business & Finance

Laptop Stolen With Personal Data On 300,000 Health Insurance Clients

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is offering its members free credit monitoring for one year as a result of the security breach.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey has notified its members that an employee laptop computer containing personal information -- including Social Security numbers -- for about 300,000 individuals was stolen in early January.

The health care insurer has sent letters to thousands of its members alerting them about the theft, which occurred in Newark, N.J., on Jan. 5. On its Web site, the company says a "security feature was initiated" on Jan. 28 that "destroys all the data on the stolen computer."

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey says the personal information contained on the computer also included names and addresses of members, but no medical data.

The company says it "believes" it is "highly unlikely" that any personal data stored on the stolen computer has been accessed and that the computer was "password protected."

Nonetheless, the insurer is offering affected members free credit monitoring for one year.

Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the latest company to report a security breach related to a stolen laptop.

Back in October, Gap disclosed the theft of a laptop computer containing personal information on about 800,000 people who applied for jobs with the retailer. That computer was stolen from a third-party contractor that manages information on job applicants.

Among the biggest breaches involving a stolen laptop occurred in May 2006, when a Department of Veterans Affairs computer containing personal records on more than 26.5 million current and former members of the U.S. military was stolen. That hardware was later recovered but led to a major overhaul in VA security procedures and rules for data use and storage.

In another data security breach this week, financial services firm Davidson Cos. revealed that a hacker broke into its databases, stealing personal account information, including names and Social Security numbers, on more than 226,000 clients.

Calls to Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey were not immediately returned.

We welcome your comments on this topic on our social media channels, or [contact us directly] with questions about the site.
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
State of the Cloud
State of the Cloud
Cloud has drastically changed how IT organizations consume and deploy services in the digital age. This research report will delve into public, private and hybrid cloud adoption trends, with a special focus on infrastructure as a service and its role in the enterprise. Find out the challenges organizations are experiencing, and the technologies and strategies they are using to manage and mitigate those challenges today.
Commentary
What Becomes of CFOs During Digital Transformation?
Joao-Pierre S. Ruth, Senior Writer,  2/4/2020
News
Fighting the Coronavirus with Analytics and GIS
Jessica Davis, Senior Editor, Enterprise Apps,  2/3/2020
Slideshows
IT Careers: 10 Job Skills in High Demand This Year
Cynthia Harvey, Freelance Journalist, InformationWeek,  2/3/2020
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
Video
Current Issue
IT 2020: A Look Ahead
Are you ready for the critical changes that will occur in 2020? We've compiled editor insights from the best of our network (Dark Reading, Data Center Knowledge, InformationWeek, ITPro Today and Network Computing) to deliver to you a look at the trends, technologies, and threats that are emerging in the coming year. Download it today!
White Papers
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Sponsored Video
Flash Poll