In early October 2009, 57 hard drives belonging to BlueCross and BlueShield of Tennessee were stolen. By mid-March 2010, the insurer had identified nearly 522,000 members whose data may have been compromised and offered them a variety of free credit and identity protection services depending on the risk level.
Breach-related costs by March hit $7 million, and that was before hundreds of thousands of additional potentially affected individuals were identified, bringing the total count to nearly 1 million individuals.
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