Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Notifies Members, Offers Protection Following Office Theft
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (BCBSNJ) announced today that two password-protected, unencrypted laptop computers that were cable-locked to employee workstations were stolen from its Newark headquarters during the weekend of November 1, 2013.
Horizon BCBSNJ notified the Newark Police Department on Monday, November 4, 2013 and began a thorough internal investigation upon discovering that the laptops were missing. A detailed review led by outside computer forensic experts has confirmed that the laptops may have contained files with differing amounts of member information, including name and demographic information (e.g., address, member identification number, date of birth), and in some instances, a Social Security number and/or limited clinical information. Due to the way the stolen laptops were configured, it is not certain that all of the member information contained on the laptops is accessible.
Approximately 10,000 impacted SHBP/SEHBP members are being notified. Those members with Social Security numbers affected will be offered free credit monitoring and identity theft protection.
For more information, please visit: www.horizonblue.com or call Horizon at 877-237-9502.
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