If you signed up online for a Defense Dept. conference on health care fraud back in 2001, you may have have had your personal data stolen, the department revealed recently, according to the Washington Post's Stephen Barr.
Most of those affected used an online registration for an August 2001 Defense Department conference on health-care fraud. Names, Social Security numbers, credit card numbers, employer identification and other personal information were entered into a computer database by conference attendees, Defense Department spokeswoman Cynthia Smith said.
The conference data were stored on a computer server, which hackers broke into early last month. The server contained information on more than 14,000 people who enrolled for the fraud conference, held in San Diego, and for other meetings.
Investigators don't know the intent of the crime or if the thieves will misuse the information, the Pentagon said.
In the announcement, William Winkenwerder Jr. , the assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, said the Pentagon has "implemented enhanced security controls throughout the network and installed additional monitoring tools to improve security of existing networks and data files."
Authorities, including the Defense Criminal Investigative Service, are investigating the computer intrusion, Smith said.