Thieves have stolen Social Security numbers, addresses and other records of about 500,000 military personnel and their families in 16 states, including Colorado.
The break-in occurred in Phoenix on December 14th at TriWest Healthcare Alliance. The government contractor provides managed health care to the military in Colorado and Wyoming. The FBI is investigating the theft.
The stolen computer equipment contained names, addresses, phone numbers, medical claim histories, and Social Security numbers for beneficiaries in the central United States.
The company and the government are on the alert for identity theft, although NO related fraud has been reported.
TriWest has set up a 24-hour hotline. The number is 1-888-339-9378 for people who may be affected by the theft.