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[Dataloss] (SAIC update) 900, 000 health records possibly compromised

From: lyger (lygerattrition.org)
Date: Fri Jul 20 2007 - 10:50:43 CDT


The personal health care records of close to 900,000 troops, family
members and other government employees stored on a private defense
contractor.s nonsecure computer server were exposed to compromise, the
company announced Friday.

SAIC said the information, maintained under several Tricare health care
contracts with the Defense Department, included combinations of names,
addresses, Social Security numbers, birth dates and/or "limited health
information in the form of codes." It was stored on a single, SAIC-owned,
nonsecure server "at a small SAIC location" and was in some cases
transmitted over the Internet in an unencrypted form. The information was
exposed while being processed, the company said.

Although SAIC announced the data breach Friday, the company acknowledged
it has known about the problems since May 29, when U.S. Air Forces Europe
notified SAIC that it had detected "an unsecure transmission of personal
information concerning uniformed service members and other individuals,"
according to a SAIC press release.

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