Reward offered in computer theft case

A government health-care contractor has posted a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of the thieves responsible for stealing computer equipment containing the names, addresses and Social Security numbers of more than 500,000 military members.

Dave McIntyre Jr., president and CEO of TriWest Healthcare Alliance, said on Dec. 14 one of his firm's offices in Phoenix was burglarized and computer equipment was stolen. TriWest provides managed health care to 1.1 million military personnel and their families in 16 states for the Defense Department's health care service, known as the Tricare Management Activity.

Since the theft, 'we do not have any indication that anyone's personal information has been misused or will be misused,' McIntyre said in a statement. The Defense Criminal Investigative Service, the FBI and the Phoenix police are investigating the theft.

TriWest and the Defense Department have spent the last two weeks contacting military personnel and their families potentially affected by the theft and have built an e-mail system, a Web site and a call center to answer questions regarding the issue.

'Since the discovery of the theft, we have taken measures to reconfigure our systems and enhance our security,' McIntyre said in the statement.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact law enforcement authorities at 1-800-343-TIPS.

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