A major health insurance provider in Massachusetts recently revealed that it had suffered a data security breach as a result of a vendor mishandling sensitive employee information.
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts recently notified the state's attorney general of the incident, which exposed more than 15,000 current and former employees' personal information, according to a report from the Boston Globe
. In particular, the incident in question involved just one employee's records, and there is no indication the breach affected more than that person, but nonetheless, the company is taking all precautions. Exposed data included names, dates of birth, salaries, bank account information and Social Security numbers.
However, the company stressed that no members or partners were exposed in the incident, which did not include any medical data, the report said. Further, it is offering free credit protection to all affected current and former employees, as well as their families. Ondrej Krehel
, chief information security officer for Identity Theft
911, has a blog about the many data breaches
with this kind of scope can be problematic for companies as well as victims.
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