Horizon BCBS notifying 840,000 members after laptops stolen with personal data

Nearly 840,000 Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield subscribers are being notified that their personal information may have been contained on a pair of laptops that were stolen from the insurer’s Newark headquarters last month.

The stolen laptops were password-protected, but had unencrypted data, Horizon said in a statement today. A subsequent investigation determined the computers may have contained files with personal information, including names, addresses, dates of birth and, in some instances, Social Security numbers and “limited clinical information,” the insurer said.

The theft occurred during the weekend of Nov. 1 and was reported to the Newark Police Department on Monday, Nov. 4, Horizon said. At the time they were stolen, the computers were cable-locked to employee workstations.

According to a police report obtained by The Star-Ledger, the cable-locks apparently were “tampered with and damaged” in the incident, which took place on the eighth floor of 3 Penn Plaza. The laptops were MacBook Pros, the report said.

Because of the way the computers were configured, it’s not clear whether all of the member information was accessible, said Horizon, New Jersey’s largest health insurer, with more than 3 million subscribers.

via Horizon BCBS notifying 840,000 members after laptops stolen with personal data | NJ.com.

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