F.B.I. Looks Into a Threat to Reveal Patient Data
By JOHN MARKOFF The New York Times November 7, 2008
SAN FRANCISCO - The Federal Bureau of Investigation is investigating an extortion letter threatening to expose millions of patient records stolen from Express Scripts, a medical benefits management company.
The company said Thursday that it had been investigating the threat since early October, when it received a letter that contained personal information on about 75 of its members including names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers and, in some cases, prescription information.
The company said that it had immediately notified the F.B.I. and that it had retained outside experts in data security and computer forensics to aid in the company's internal investigation.