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Tricare data breach impact expected to be limited

Rachel Wheeler Archive
A data breach by healthcare program Tricare is believed to be low risk despite the high data quality exposed.

The dedicated military healthcare program and the contractor Science Applications International Corporation disclosed the loss of data of up to 4.9 million beneficiaries on Wednesday.

Personal information was exposed following the loss of magnetic storage backup tapes containing data collected between 1992 and September 7th 2011.

The data was gathered from military treatment facilities in the San Antonio area.

Tricare said it is investigating the incident. "The risk of harm to patients is judged to be low despite the data elements involved, since retrieving the data on the tapes would require knowledge of and access to specific hardware and software and knowledge of the system and data structure," a statement disclosed.

Those who believe they may have been affected by the disclosure have been advised to approach the Federal Trade Commission for advice.

Posted by Richard Jones