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HARTFORD, Conn. — Aetna is offering a year of free credit monitoring to about 4,900 people after a cabinet containing files with personal information was given away.
The health insurer said a vendor it hired to move old office furniture put the cabinet out for clearance in late March. The person who picked it up found the documents and contacted the insurer in May.
“The files were voluntarily returned to Aetna and the company has no reason to believe the information will be misused in any manner,” the company said Thursday in a release.
The files contained dependent enrollment forms from 2003 to 2007 for people who worked for mid-sized employers and lived in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, according to Aetna. They included names, addresses and Social Security numbers. About a dozen people also had other documents, including medical information, in the files.
Last year, Aetna also offered free credit monitoring to about 65,000 people after e-mails were copied from its job application Web site.
Earlier this week, rival WellPoint Inc. said it notified 470,000 individual insurance customers that medical records, credit card numbers and other sensitive information may have been exposed in a security breach.
The Indianapolis insurer, which runs Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in several states, said the problem stemmed from an online program customers can use to track the progress of their applications.
Shares of Aetna Inc., based in Hartford, Conn., rose 37 cents to $26.36 in late morning trading Friday.