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Victims of TRICARE data theft report financial fraud
From: InfoSec News <alerts () infosecnews org>
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2012 02:22:58 -0500 (CDT)


By Bob Brewin

Last fall, not long after someone stole computer tapes containing the health records of 4.9 million TRICARE beneficiaries, some of the victims discovered bogus charges on their credit card statements and unauthorized bank transactions.

The tapes were stolen in September 2011 from the car of an employee with TRICARE contractor Science Applications International Corp. who was transporting them from one federal facility to another in San Antonio, Texas. The employee left the unencrypted tapes in a parking garage for most of a workday.

In October 2011, the law firm Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker of Potomac, Md., filed a $4.9 billion class action lawsuit against the Defense Department. Since then, Defense or SAIC have been hit with seven additional lawsuits charging the company and the government with negligence in the care of sensitive personal and health information.

In an amended complaint to the original suit against Defense, which now includes SAIC, plaintiffs said they started to notice fraudulent activity in their financial accounts soon after the theft:


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