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AvMed Breach Exposes 200,000 Customers' Info

Any data breach is scary enough. But when it's sensitive medical information that could be exposed, the fears are amplified.

The latest incident put more than 200,000 customers of Florida insurance provider AvMed Health Plan at risk when two laptops went missing in December, the company said today. eSecurity Planet has the details of the breach.


More than 200,000 AvMed Health Plan subscribers are learning that their most sensitive personal information fell into the wrong hands last month after a pair of laptops were stolen from a conference room at the company's Gainesville, Fla. corporate headquarters.

The laptops contained current and former subscribers' names, addresses, Social Security numbers and health information, according to a statement (PDF format) posted on the insurer's Web site.

Company officials said the laptops were discovered missing on Dec. 11 and the theft was immediately reported to local law enforcement agencies. The company began mailing advisement letters to the affected subscribers this week.

"AvMed understands the importance of safeguarding our members' personal information and takes that responsibility very seriously," AvMed COO Ed Hannum said in a statement. "We will do all we can to work with our members whose personal information may have been compromised and help them work through the process."

Read the full story at eSecurity Planet:
Laptop Security: Florida Insurer Loses Subscriber Data