N.J. Blues warns customers about stolen data
New Jersey’s largest health insurance company is warning more than 300,000 members that some of their personal information was on a laptop computer that was stolen.
Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield says the risk of identity theft is small because the data was password-protected. Also, the computer was programmed to automatically
destroy the information on Jan. 23.
The laptop contained names, Social Security numbers and other personal information for about 10% of the insurer’s 3.3 million customers in New Jersey. Medical information was not included. Company spokesman Daniel Emmer said the computer was stolen on Jan. 5 while it was being taken home by an employee.
Customers whose names were on the computer are being offered a year of free credit monitoring.