Tufts Health Plan data stolen, 8,830 members impacted

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Massachusetts-based Tufts Health Plan is notifying roughly 8,830 current and former Tufts Medicare Preferred members that their personal information – including Social Security numbers – was stolen.

How many victims? About 8,830. 

What type of personal information? Names, birth dates and Social Security numbers.

What happened? Federal officials alerted Tufts Health Plan of the incident as part of an ongoing investigation.

What was the response? Impacted or not, all Tufts Medicare Preferred members are being notified and offered a free year of credit monitoring services. Impacted members are being offered identity theft protection services, as well. Tufts Health Plan is taking measures to ensure a similar incident does not occur.

Details: The incident was not the result of an electronic breach, IT system vulnerability, or hacking.

Quote: “As soon as we learned of this situation we took immediate action, conducting our own investigations while working very closely and in full cooperation with federal investigators,” according to an online notification.

Source: tuftshealthplan.com, “Tufts Health Plan makes announcement regarding personal information of former and current Tufts Medicare Preferred members,” April 24, 2014.

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