Thursday, November 06, 2008

Company Gets Extortion Letter Over Patient Files

A Reuters newswire article, via The New York Times, reports that:

Express Scripts, the pharmacy benefit manager, said Thursday that it had received an extortion letter threatening to expose millions of patient records.

The letter, which was sent in early October from “an unknown person or persons,” contained information on 75 Express Scripts members, including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, prescription information.

Express Scripts said it immediately notified the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is investigating, and it notified the members named in the letter last week.

The company said it was conducting an investigation with the help of specialists in data security and computer forensics.

More here.


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