By Kevin Dougherty
Stars and Stripes
December 2, 2008
VILSECK, Germany - U.S. Army medical officials in southeast Germany
waited nearly two months before notifying more than 6,000 beneficiaries
of a possible security breach regarding their personal information
stored on a lost laptop computer.
Authorities know the names, Social Security numbers and health
information of at least 26 individuals were stored on the laptop,
according to a news release sent Monday from the U.S. Army Medical
Department Activity, Bavaria.
However, officials said similar information on approximately 6,000 other
patients also may have been on the missing computer, though they don.t
know for sure.
According to the release, the laptop went missing on Oct. 4.
Notices that were sent to the beneficiaries on Nov. 24 were
characterized as a precaution.
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