Thieves steal computers containing Defense health care data

Thieves steal computers containing Defense health care data

Thieves made off with several notebook PCs and the hard drives from several servers after breaking into the office of a contractor for the Tricare Management Activity, the Defense Department's health care service, a Tricare official said.

The equipment, which was stolen Dec. 14 from an office of TriWest Healthcare Alliance Corp. of Phoenix, included data files containing personal information about beneficiaries, including military personnel, their families and retirees, according to Capt. Frank Maguire, Tricare's chief of staff. The data mostly involved beneficiaries living in the central and western United States, according to a press release issued by TriWest.

Tricare officials declined to give details on the investigation, which is being conducted by the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI and local police.

'All we know is that DCIS and the FBI are fully engaged, working with the Phoenix Police Department,' Maguire said.

TriWest is supplying beneficiaries with information about the incident and steps they can take to protect their personal information. They can send an e-mail to [email protected] for the information.

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