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Employee, Health Info Breaches Under Investigation

DATA LOSS—U.S.

July 6, 2010

Two separate data breaches may have put personal information belonging to nearly 600,000 people at risk. The first case, involving WellPoint Inc., may have compromised financial and health information on almost 500,000 people, prompting Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal's announcement that he is launching an investigation. Blumenthal is seeking information on how the breach occurred, what steps have been taken to protect those affected and how the company plans to prevent future incidents, Bloomberg reports. Meanwhile, in a separate data loss incident, AMR Corp., the parent company of American Airlines, is investigating the theft of a hard drive containing personal information belonging to approximately 79,000 current and former employees.
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