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Humana customers at risk, data breach of Unencrypted USB drive

A car break-in has led to almost 3,000 Humana customers at risk of identity theft, with names, medical records and some Social Security numbers taken

By: Michael Hatamoto from May 27, 2014 @ 14:15 CDT

Healthcare provider Humana was recently compromised and up to 3,000 members are at risk following the theft of an encrypted laptop and unencrypted USB flash drive. The company is now informing Atlanta-area customers of the data breach, while providing free credit monitoring to everyone hit by the theft.


The laptop and flash drive were stolen from a Humana associate's vehicle, and names, medical records and Social Security numbers are at risk. Despite the breach, Humana "has no reason to believe that the information has been used inappropriately," though will continue to monitor the situation.

It's an unfortunate incident, as company data is often stolen from vehicles or homes of employees - and theft of data stored on an unencrypted flash drives also tends to happen frequently - as companies need to be more diligent in how they try to keep data secure.


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