Data Breach

DataBreachBlueCross BlueShield data breach affects 850,000 doctors:

Physicians’ names addresses, federal tax ID numbers and national provider numbers were contained in an unencrypted file on the laptop.

The data breach presents the possibility of massive medical insurance fraud, but the 187,000 doctors who used their Social Security numbers as tax ID numbers or provider numbers are most at risk of identity theft.

The unnamed employee, in dereliction of company policy, downloaded the database to his personal laptop to work on it at home. The computer was stolen from the employee’s car August 27 and the crime was reported to the Chicago police.

No patient information was in the file.

The file was encrypted while on the insurance company’s network according to protocol, but the employee unencrypted it before downloading it.


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